A MESSAGE FROM The HEAD OF YEAR
WELCOME TO YEAR 9
Welcome back to the final year of KS3. This is an important year for a number of reasons, not least because this is our last opportunity to ensure that your child is prepared and equipped to meet the demands and challenges of KS4 and the GCSE examination process.
In order for our pupils to realise their full potential, the hard work should have already begun, however there is always room for improvement. Key factors will impact on an individual’s attainment and progress and attendance is certainly one of them. I am pleased to report that Year 8 attained an attendance record of 96.5% last year and this is something that both myself and Miss Barrett are extremely pleased with.
It has been made very clear to all pupils that it is their responsibility to be organised and prepared for every lesson. This involves having the appropriate equipment, completing all homework, being in the right frame of mind to concentrate throughout every lesson and being willing to attend after school clubs.
It is important that students look their best in school and demonstrate pride in themselves and the school and as such request your continued support in this area. Year 9 set an example to both Year 8 and Year 7 and will certainly have an impact on standards across KS3.
At this point I would like to remind you that mobile phones and I-Pods are not allowed in school. If they are brought to school, the school accepts no responsibility for their security or replacement. Pupils caught using either of the above items will have them confiscated and parents will have to come to the school to collect them from the year office. Should you ever need to contact your child then please call the school directly.
Both myself and Miss Noble will be continually monitoring the progress of the year group and each I&G Day, I will inform all parents of effort scores and attainment. Pupils are actively encouraged to challenge themselves to improve, take part in school activities and to build on previous achievements and successes. I would like to thank you in advance for your continued help and support in ensuring that this continues.
We would like to give you early notification of the Year 9 Options Evening, which will enable all parents and pupils to meet subject staff, Heads of Department and ask questions relating to specific subjects and the assessment requirements. In order to ensure that pupils are prepared to make the appropriate option choices, the year group will sit “Pathway” exams in the final week of January. This will be followed by Options Evening on Wednesday 8th February at 6.30pm.
The Pastoral team are privileged to be supporting this superb year group. They are a truly talented group of young people and demonstrate a mature attitude to learning and are extremely supportive of one another.
Should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me on direct dial number 02380 294129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr N Powell
Head of Year 9