Year 9

 Year 9 marks the start of new challenges for our students as they 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. The final choices of GCSE subjects will take place during Year 9 and we will guide students (and parents) through this process at the relevant time. It is extremely important that students maintain focus in all subject and organisation and establishing good homework routines is imperative as the workload increases. Of course, making time for other ‘extra-curricular’ activities is equally important as we strive for a good work/life balance and success beyond the classroom. I am confident that students will rise to the new challenges that the year will bring.

All students will continue to have daily contact and support from their Form Tutor and continue to have the excellent support of Mrs. Buckley in her role as Year 9 Student Support Officer. As Year Achievement Coordinator I will continue to oversee the pastoral care and academic progress of students across the year group.

Punctuality and attendance will continue to 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 1 at 8.40am. Parents will be contacted if attendance dips below 95% or if students are frequently late to lessons.

The student planner and Teams continue to be important tools 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. We will do all that we can to ensure students are happy and have the right tools to succeed. I look forward to continuing with the leadership of the year group and maintaining the close working relationships with both parents and students that have been established so far.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Year Office (year9office@swchs.net) where we will do our best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.

Miss C McColl - Year 9 Achievement Coordinator