Welcome to Year 9

Year 9 Pastoral Team

Head of Year & SLT

  • Miss Rachael Grant (HOY), Miss Britten & Mrs Farnie (SLT)

Tutors

  • 9C – Mr Downer
  • 9H – Miss Furlong
  • 9P – Mrs Douglas (Monday, Wednesday – Friday), Mrs Williams (Tuesday)
  • 9T – Mr Mee

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 9 students have two character traits which they focus on throughout the year. This year we are focussing on being inquisitive and respectful:

Year 9 students are inquisitive and embrace the whole curriculum, in order to make informed choices for their future pathways. Students have the maturity to be independent learners, building on the determination developed in Year 8 to achieve their goals. They continue to build their resilience to setbacks and do not give up. Year 9 students always work respectfully and empathetically with their peers to share ideas and opinions.

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 – Thursday - Personal development curriculum
  • Friday - Year 9 Assembly

Directed Study (8.30-9.15am Fridays only)

Core Personal Development lessons

Students will be prepared for Options selection through Careers and Curriculum lessons. There will be a rotation of statutory Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and PSHE topics. All students must attend these lessons.

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.

Please see the timetable below for when students are expected in each day.

Well-being & Support

We offer Tutor Mentoring in allocated weeks of Directed Study, for tutors to support students with their wellbeing and achievement. 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.

Achievement, Assessment and Reporting – Spring Term 2021

  • Wb 7th February - Assessment week
  • Wb 7th March – Spring Reports sent home
  • Wb 14th March – Parent teacher meetings (online)

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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