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Year 9 options process 2022

The Options process is a very important stage in your child’s school life, and at John Ferneley College we want to make sure that all Year 9 students make the right decisions for them. We are all here to support students during this important decision-making process and would like to ensure that both students and parents/guardians have access to all the materials needed in order to help this process run as smoothly as possible.

There are two steps to gathering all the information you and your child need in order to make an informed decision:

Step 1: Watch the route presentation video

You will receive an email with a link to a presentation for either route J, F or C. This video will explain more about the options process for your child, and it’s important you have watched this before attending the ‘Subject Marketplace Evening’ on Wednesday 12th January 2022.

Step 2: Subject Marketplace at John Ferneley College ~ Wednesday 12th January 2022

We wanted to give parents the opportunity to talk to subject teachers about the subjects available, therefore, we have decided to run a live event at John Ferneley College, called the ‘Subject Marketplace’, on Wednesday 12th January 2022. Each subject will have information on display, and you will have the opportunity to talk to teachers.

It is important that this event is safe in response to the covid-19 pandemic, therefore, there will be certain measures in place to ensure that the event can be carried out safely.

To limit the number of people gathering on site at the same time, it is essential you sign up for the event by using the sign-up link below, choosing whether you would prefer to attend at 5.30pm, 6.00pm or 6.30pm. Please note that the event finishes at 7.00pm. There will be a restriction on numbers, so please ensure you sign up as soon as possible to get your preferred time. The deadline to sign up for the evening is on Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 3pm.

Subject Marketplace - Wednesday 12th January 2022 - Sign Up

For the safety of yourselves and our staff, we politely ask for you to wear a mask, where possible, whilst in the building. Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance of the building, and we would encourage you to use them.

Step 3: Fill in the option form and return to tutor

At the ‘Subject Marketplace Evening’, you will receive a pack which includes an option form. This form will need to be completed, and your child will need to hand the form into their tutor before Friday 11th February 2022.

If you are unable to attend this evening, you will be able to find all subject videos, and the option booklet, below. We will post home the options form that needs to be completed before Friday 11th February 2022.

Step 4: Confirmed options

Each student’s option subjects will be confirmed in May 2022.


Options booklet

Our Options booklet gives an overview of each subject, and outlines the course content and assessment. The booklet also highlights next steps after studying the subject, and gives an idea of some possible career's. To view our Options booklet, please click here.

Should you need any further support with the Options process, or if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

Yours sincerely,

Hayley Robinson
Assistant Headteacher: Progress KS3

[email protected]