Year 9 marks the start of new challenges for our students. They will now follow a more personalised timetable that will enable them to start the year with a renewed focus. We hope that students fully embrace this new challenge and listen carefully to the guidance given by their teachers to get the most out of their future GCSE years. I am confident that students will rise to the new challenges that the year will bring. Organisation and establishing good homework routines is imperative as the workload will increase. Making time for other ‘extra-curricular’ activities is equally important as we strive for a good work/life balance.
All students will continue to have daily contact with their form tutor and continue to have the excellent support of Mrs Claxton in her role as Student Support Officer. I will oversee the pastoral care and academic progress of students across the year group.
Punctuality and attendance will be closely monitored. We appreciate that absence is at times unavoidable, but request that parents keep absences to an absolute minimum. Please ensure that students are in school by 8.30am, ready to start period one at 8.40am. Parents will be notified if attendance dips below 95% or if students are frequently late to lessons.
The student planner continues to be an important tool for home/school communication and general student organisation. Year 9 students should be spending approximately an hour per day on homework/independent study. The Learning Centre is open in the mornings and after school to provide support for students needing research facilities and support is available for students of all abilities.
I am looking forward to the next academic year and have every confidence in the students’ abilities to embrace all that Year 9 has to offer. I look forward to supporting the students throughout the year and maintaining the strong home/school relationships that have been established so far.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Year Office, where we will do our best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.
Miss Gilbert Year 9 Year Achievement Coordinator
Miss Sasha Gilbert - Year 9 YAC
Mrs Barbara Claxton - Year 9 SSO