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Year 8

A MESSAGE FROM The HEAD OF YEAR

WELCOME TO YEAR 8

I am delighted to welcome back the class of 2020 to what I hope will be a very fulfilling and successful year.

I would like to express how impressed I have been with how the year group have had an exceptional start back to school and are thoroughly committing themselves into school life. A main focus of Year 8 is to start to prepare our students for their Year 9 options.  It is essential, therefore, that they have a successful year to embed the required level of progress and work ethic, through our IAG Days and Parents’ Evening. I will be monitoring the academic progress and effort levels of the year group and will be actively encouraging students to become increasingly reflective about their own performance.  As part of this, the school remains committed to keeping you informed of your child’s progress and as part of this we invite you to participate fully in Parents’ Evenings, Open Evenings and I&G review days throughout the year. Staff at the school are always happy to support parents and students in discussing progress, so please do contact individual members of staff or the year team for advice if needed.

Our year team is a very strong one. I am very fortunate to remain their Head of Year and am delighted to be supporting them through their coming year. Mr Sanders will be our Pastoral Manager, we are also pleased to announce that we will have the addition of Miss Wellnhammer joining us as Academic Manager; together we have 11 tutor groups that make up our year team. As a team we strongly believe that every student should be happy and secure in our school. They will be supported and challenged in every aspect of their school life but they will still have fun and be safe. Both success and failure will be celebrated as this is how our students will learn. In addition to the academic aspect of Year 8, I also believe that the year group should get involved in as many after-school clubs and activities as possible.  It is clear from pupils who do take part in clubs that their ability to socialise and develop friendships within school is positive but also allows them to grow as individuals and aids in their success.  We also acknowledge that there will be times when students will make mistakes and get things wrong and we thank you in advance for your support.

In order to access these opportunities it is essential that your child is in school and attending lessons every day. Year 8 have the expectation that every students’ attendance will be above 97% as every lesson missed is disrupting their progress.  Any student whose attendance drops below 90% will have intervention from either school or other external agencies. Therefore, it is vital that should your child be off school, this is communicated immediately. Whilst it is imperative students are rested and feel fully recuperated if ill, we encourage students to come into school at their earliest opportunity after an absence. Students will not be authorised any time off unless it is for medical reasons or exceptional circumstances.  Every day at school is significant in a student’s development.

Communication is vital and we will strive to make contact with parents as often as possible or when needed. There will be various opportunities for parents to meet their child’s teachers throughout the year but if there are any issues or concerns, myself and the year team are always available, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We continue to be proud of our very high uniform standards and appreciate the support of parents as we educate our students in the importance of maintaining high standards, both in their presentation and work.

I know that the students will have an incredible time in Year 8 and look forward to celebrating our  success at the end of the year.

I look forward to continuing to work closely with you and please do not hesitate to contact me, my direct telephone number is 02380 294128 and my email address is krystle.staszkiewicz@bitterneparkschool.org.uk.

Miss Staszkiewicz

Head of Year 8