Welcome to Year 8

Head of Year and SLT
  • Miss L Wilson (HOY), Mrs R Farnie (SLT) & Miss A Britten (SLT)
Tutors
  • 8P - Miss P Higgins
  • 8T - Mr D Baines
  • 8C - Ms S Read
  • 8H- Mr J Takpaul

We pride ourselves in a real sense of community, respect and understanding for each other and aim to work hard and be kind all of the time. We endeavour to ensure that students work together and help each other to achieve their full potential academically, morally and socially. Tutors are our first point of contact for parental queries.

Year group vision and character traits

In line with our school and year group vision, Year 8 students have two character traits which they focus on throughout the year. This year we are focussing on being determined and respectful.

Year 8 Vision and Goals
Continue to embrace the ethos of ‘Work Hard, Be Kind’.
Develop an understanding of future destinations. Continue to learn about school culture and to be respectful of everyone’s differences.
To be determined when attempting new challenges.
Learn how to communicate respectfully with peers and staff.
Get involved with extra-curricular activities to develop your personal skills.
Tutor Time (9.15-9.35am daily)

Morning tutor sessions offer an opportunity for students to reflect on their progress and develop academically, morally and socially through our Personal Development Curriculum. Tutors will also complete uniform and equipment checks in this time to prepare students for the day.

Monday - Reflection on the previous week

Tuesday - Year 8 Assembly

Wednesday - Friday - Personal development curriculum

Directed Study (8.30-9.15am - Tuesday)

Students will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of PSHE topics during these sessions. All directed study sessions are compulsory and all students need to attend these sessions at 8.30am.

Tutor Mentoring

We offer Tutor Mentoring in allocated weeks of Directed Study, for tutors to support students with their wellbeing and achievement. Students are selected to participate and expected to attend these sessions. Parents can contact tutors if they believe their child would benefit from this.

Well-being & Support

Students are able to access external mental health support services by speaking to their tutor or Head of Year. We work with the external providers Kooth, MHST (Mental Health Support Team) and SHARP (Self-harm support). Students can also access Kooth support online (https://www.kooth.com/). Parents can also contact staff for further information or to discuss making a referral.

Student council, extra-curricular activities and focus groups (LGBTQ+ & BAME)

Each year, two students are selected to represent their tutor group on the Student Council. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities taking place during lunch and after school, which are updated and shared with students each half term. Students are able to sign up with the relevant member of staff. We also have an LGBTQ+ group with weekly sessions, which are staffed and offer a safe space for students. Our BAME focus group, which is open to students from all backgrounds, meets every half term to discuss diversity across our school curriculum.

Attendance

Attendance is a key factor in students' success at school. We monitor attendance very closely and students are expected to attend school every day and arrive on time each morning. Where possible, medical appointments should be made outside of school hours. An overall attendance of 96% or above will ensure that your child is making the best progress possible - anything below this is a cause for concern and your child will be missing key lessons and work.

Equipment

Students should arrive at school well equipped and prepared for the day ahead. Parents and children together should ensure that they have the following everyday:

Pens x 2

Pencil

Ruler

Rubber

Sharpener

Green pen

Whiteboard pen

Scientific calculator

Reading book for DEAR

School diary (issued termly)

Uniform

Black formal shoes (boots are not part of the uniform policy)

Black trousers or skirt (with the school logo)

White shirt

Jumper (optional)

Blazer

Tie

Dark coloured outdoor jacket for bad weather (this must be removed when inside)

Uniform PE kit

No jewellery (except one pair of stud earrings and a non-Smart watch). There should be no facial piercings.

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