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Year 9 virtual options evening – 18th March 2021

Year 9 virtual options evening – 18th March 2021

As you are aware, Thursday 18th March from 4pm-7pm is our virtual options evening. This is a critical time for your child as the subjects they choose from options evening will be continued through to GCSE in years 10 & 11. Due to COVID we are unable to hold an in-person options evening and therefore will run our options evening virtually. These meetings will be booked online, and then held by video meeting rather than in-person at the school.

The virtual options evening is the opportunity for you and your child to book meetings with subject leads to find out more about the options subjects that your child is interested in.

Before the options evening

Next steps for parents:

  1. Please read through the options handbook explaining the options process and information on subjects we are offering. This can be found be clicking here.
  2. Once you have read the handbook please visit the The Victory Academy Youtube channel where we have prepared subject specific videos/presentations to give students an overview of the course content. This is key to helping your child make the best choices for them, as often students do not fully understand what a subject involves at GCSE level. You can either search ‘The Victory Academy’ on Youtube, or go to the link below youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_PR_8lxJI_WWMQGSE7o6m9Jhc33dijvh
  3. Once you have information about the subjects available and an idea of which options your child is interested in, please go to https://www.parents-booking.co.uk/victory where you will be able to login and book appointments with staff. (parent guide to using this system is available here.)

You will be able to book an appointment with your child’s maths, English and science teachers for feedback on their progress this year, and book appointments for any option subjects your child is interested in taking. This will give you a chance to talk to staff about the subject and get any further information you need to help make your decisions.

You will also be able to book appointments with:

  • Miss Simperl – Careers advice and guidance (especially useful if you are unsure which subjects to take)
  • Miss Pullen – Safeguarding lead
  • Miss Johnson – Assistant SENCO

To login you will need to enter:

  • Your first name and surname
  • Your child’s first name, surname and date of birth

The login details you enter must match those we have on record for you.

Appointments will be available to book from today until 4pm on the day of the parents evening. Please book early to ensure you are able to meet with all teachers you need to.

After you have made your appointments you can choose to print or e-mail a confirmation.

On the day of the options evening

On the day of your appointments, you need to re-login at the website address above. 10mins before your appointments are due to begin you will be able to join the video meeting room, where you can wait for your appointment(s).

Internet Browser Compatibility:

You must use one of the below device and internet browser combinations for the video meeting technology to work:

  • Apple iPhone/iPad (iOS 11+): Safari
  • Android phone/tablet: Chrome or Firefox
  • Linux computer: Chrome or Firefox
  • Microsoft Surface: Chrome or Firefox
  • Mac computer: Safari, Chrome or Firefox
  • Windows computer: Chrome, Firefox or Edge (Chromium)

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If you cannot login please contact the school office.
  • The email address field entered is only used to send your appointment confirmation. If you have problems logging in, it will not be because of the e-mail address you entered.

Please note that appointment slots are in 5-minute intervals and due to the nature of the booking system appointments cannot overrun and will automatically cut off at the end of the time limit. This is to enable staff to meet with everyone who has booked, so please ensure you arrive for the virtual meeting on time.

After the options evening

On Friday 19th March students will be issued with an electronic form to make their option choices. From this we will allocate teaching groups and options blocks and will be informing students of the options they are able to take. Please note that all option choices made by students are provisional as we will be unable to run courses if they are undersubscribed, or if they are oversubscribed we will have to limit numbers based on staff recommendations. The deadline for students completing their options choice form is Tuesday 23rd March.

If you have any questions or are struggling using the parent-booking system please contact the school office at office@thevictoryacademy.org.uk