Year 9 is without doubt the most important year of your school lives so far. The work that you put in and the foundations that you lay during the year will form the basis for success at GCSE and beyond. At no point is the saying "what you put in is what you get out" more evident than during the course of Year 9.
In September you will meet your new tutor for the first time and begin to build the fruitful relationship that will last until the day you leave the school in year 11.
Shortly after Christmas you will see the Options booklet for the first time and you will begin the whole process of thinking about your courses and subjects for Key Stage 4. It is a really exciting time as you begin to ponder decisions that will have an impact on your future life.
Early in February you and your parents will have the opportunity to come into school for our annual Options Evening. Your teachers will explain exactly what is involved in taking on their subjects at a higher level and you will be able to ask questions and clear up any doubts that you may have. You will be able to choose from subjects that you are already
familiar with, as well as deciding if new subjects such as Sociology and GCSE PE are for you.
June brings Enrichment Week where around half of the year group goes abroad-this year there have been Language trips to France, Germany and Spain, as well as an ICT based trip to Holland. If you do not go overseas, there is an excellent and fun filled programme based in school.
As if all this is not enough, you also have the chance to apply for either the Young Enterprise or the Duke of Edinburgh programme during the latter part of year 9. The former involves setting up and running your own business and attempting to sell your products at a profit. Many of our YE students have won awards for their endeavours in the past. The D of E
scheme is a fantastic combination of voluntary work, sports activities and weekend expeditions to keep you busy.
In short, Year 9 is full of fantastic opportunities and new challenges. It is up to you to embrace them and to take full advantage of everything that is on offer. Have a great year!