During Year 9 students will be looking to consolidate the foundation skills they have acquired in Year 7 and 8 and to decide on the subjects they will study in their GCSE courses in Year 10 and 11.
This is an important time for our students, with decisions being made that will affect their career path in the future. During this time, they will be supported by myself, as Achievement Team Leader, and Mr. Agyei, as Year Care Team for pastoral guidance. We will work closely with subject teachers, Curriculum Team Leaders, Attendance officers, the Senior Leadership Team and the various other members of staff who are available to ensure that all students are able to achieve their full potential on a daily basis.
Furthermore, we have fantastic experience within the Year 9 pastoral team with form tutors taking a proactive approach to supporting students with their learning. Tutors are the first port of call for any issues and will see their tutees first thing in the morning, as well as the end of the day, allowing them to pick up on challenges our students may be facing.
As our school motto states, we expect students to, ‘be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing’ and students need to maintain this focus in order to achieve their potential. It is crucial that students are focused and organised from the start of Year 9 and that they attend school every day. Additionally, it is imperative that the School and parent/carer relationship is strong and collaborative. If we are working together we will be able to give our young people the best opportunity to be successful in the future. Parents/Carers are encouraged to look at the School website to stay in touch with schemes of work and homework for each subject.
Students will engage in PSHCE lessons during form time and will be expected to discuss topics in a mature and confident manner. These lessons will also help to develop those higher order skills (evaluating and analysing) which will assist students in gaining those higher grades when it comes to their future GCSEs.
This year group have demonstrated a mature attitude towards their studies during Year 8 and with continuous hard work and dedication we are confident that they can continue to progress within their studies. They are an enthusiastic group of young people who have made a fantastic impression on whoever they come into contact with and we expect these students to make the school, their families and the local community proud.
Please feel free to contact me at school to discuss your child’s progress and I look forward to celebrating their future success.
Achievement Team Leader for Year 9