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Welcome to Dorothy Stringer School’s options process. This is an important time for you, as this is the
first time that you will need to make decisions which will affect your future career paths.

At Dorothy Stringer, we offer you a wide range of options for Years 10 and 11. We believe our options
scheme is one of the most exciting and original available. It mirrors perfectly our intention to try to offer
an appropriate curriculum for all students. All students will have to follow some ‘Core Subjects’ but they
can then choose exciting and different subjects on top of this. This gives all our students the chance to
do subjects that will most interest them in the upper school.

We will guide you to help you make the right options choices for you. All students will have a talk and
receive a copy of the options booklet. There is an Options Evening where you will be able to attend
with your parents/carers to ask more questions about option subjects. In addition, take the time to
talk to the teachers who run the various courses to make sure you are making the right choices. You
should also attend Parents’ Evening with your parents/carers as you will be able to ask your teachers
whether they think your choices are suitable for you.

When choosing subjects, think about you, your strengths and what paths you may want to take in your
future career; don’t base your choices on what your friends are doing or which teachers you like. Take
advice from your parents/carers and from your teachers – but at the end of the day, the decision must
be yours. You are going to have to work hard at your options for the next two years. If you are unsure
about any part of this process, please talk to your PHSE teacher, Form Tutor or Head of Year, or come
and see me. You can also get independent advice from the careers advisor on Monday lunchtimes in

Andrea Cumming | Deputy Head, Student Progress


Key Dates


Options Process Begins – booklets issued and presentations to students in school.


Thursday 9 – Wednesday 15 January 2020


Year 9 Learning Behaviour Reports Issued


Thursday 19 December 2019

Options Evening – an opportunity to find out about option subjects in general.


Thursday 16 January 2020
Student/Form Tutor Review Day Tuesday 21 January 2020

Year 9 Parents' Evening


Thursday 23 January 2020               
Option Forms Deadline – Forms to be completed online. Wednesday 5 February 2020


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