S3 into Senior Phase Options Portal

S3 into S4 Options ‘Next Steps’ Options Process

Update: 04.02.24

This week we will start a series of activities that guide S3 pupils towards final selection of options for S4-S5.
Online information Session

On Wednesday evening (07.02.24 – 6.30 to 7.15pm) we will host an online options information session. This can be accessed through pupils enabling their parents/carers to view the meeting on Microsoft Teams on their school iPad. Alternatively, pupils or their parents can log into Microsoft teams on personal devices through the pupil’s ‘Glow’ account.

We have prepared a companion presentation that is designed to provide parents and families all of the same information shared at the various pupil assemblies and PSE lessons in school:

Online Presentation – Opens in Microsoft Sway

At the online session we will summarise the key steps in the options process and be open for any questions you may have.

‘Next Steps Options Letter’ & Online Request Form

On Friday 09.02.24 we will issue all S3 pupils their ‘Next Steps’ Options Choice Letter. A sample of this letter can be seen here:

24 Sample Letter-to-S3-parents-about-Next-Steps-options

Each letter is individually created and sets out:

  • What pupils have identified as possible options previously
  • What teaching staff advise are appropriate pathways
  • Individualised advice as to how to access choices available on the pathways menu
  • How to access support through a pastoral care consultation

The letter will be emailed to pupils directly through their ‘Glow’ Outlook account. The physical letter will be handed out the following week and we will post this home for anyone not in attendance.

The 2024 Pathways Menu:

The menu, showing all of the available pathways has been released at the same time as the letter. You can view our 2024 Pathways Menu here:

S3-4-5 options menu 2024

Online ‘Next Steps’ Options Request Form:

Also on Friday 09.02.24, as the ‘Next Steps’ letter is distributed, we will also open our online options request form. This is located below and opens 09.02.24 at 4.00pm. It will be open until Monday 04.02.24. In this form, pupils can confirm their options requests, or notify us that they would like an options consultation.


Moving into Senior Phase: Information on Options Choice (handbook):

At the start of this process in December, we compiled a new version of our options handbook. This contains information about all the courses pupils are able to choose from on our pathways menu.

January Revised 2024-25 S3 to S4 Options Booklet


Other information – Frequently Asked Questions:

From years of experience guiding pupils through our options process we are used to many common enquires. We aim to make the process as straightforward as possible but recognise that it can appear complex. All of the stages, the order they happen in and the way we do things happen for a reason. Essential background information and the answers to many common questions can be found here:

FAQs Letter S3 into S4 Options 2024



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