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.
Being organised is essential: the provision of your i-Pad and access to go4schools will be invaluable. Treat them both as good friends. And don’t forget that your parents can access go4schools too, so they will be making sure that you are up to date with all of your work. And that you are behaving and achieving in line with both theirs and your own expectations.
Independent study- wise, you will get 45-60 minutes a week in all of your subjects – things have gone up a gear this year, haven’t they? You are also expected to do 30 minutes of English reading homework a week – but I’m sure you will be reading far more than that! After all, reading is the key to success in life.
Your parents will receive information home from your teachers once every half-term, informing them of both your progress and attitude to learning in all of your subjects. Prizes will be given for those who are succeeding, and interventions will be put in place for those who need them: the Year 9 team examines all data carefully.
June brings Enrichment Week where around half of the year group will go camping! – There will also be Language trips to France, Germany and Spain. If you do not go overseas or camping, there is an excellent, 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.
My own personal watchword as a Head of Year is ‘pride’. I expect you all to take pride in what you do. Pride in your appearance, pride in your efforts, and pride in your behaviour. I expect you to do your best and to become ‘world -class’.