Welcome to Year 8
“To learn and to care.”
Having settled into life at secondary school during Year 7, the focus for this academic year is on developing maturity and independence in students’ learning. The positive routines that were developed in Year 7 must now be embedded, allowing students to increase their capacity for learning. All students in Year 8 are seen as young adults, capable of making the right decisions.
Students will be supported in their learning by a form tutor, who has an overview of their learning and who will be a daily contact providing support and assistance. The Achievement Team Leader, Mr N Andrews, is responsible for the learning and achievement of the year group. He will be supported by staff from the SEN department and particularly Mrs J Rogers in her capacity as Year 8 Care Team.
As you would expect, we insist on high standards of work and behaviour at all times. Every student must follow the school Code of Conduct and be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. Letters, certificates and prizes are awarded for outstanding work, and we are keen to recognise good working habits. Equally sanctions are used when students do not give of their best, and fail to do the right thing. We are very clear that students must take responsibility for their actions at all times.
Students are encouraged to play an active role in the wider life of the school and each tutor group sends representatives to the regular Year 8 Student Council meetings ensuring that student voice is heard.
Your child should expect to be set homework regularly. This must be written in their homework diary, which we encourage parents to check and sign weekly. We wish to build a strong relationship between home and school as this a proven formula in helping students achieve. There are homework clubs where students can get help with their work, and excellent library and ICT facilities that can be used before and after school.
We believe in healthy competition between tutor groups, and as such each week all forms will know where they stand with points awarded for attendance and achievement. Every term, an award is made to the ‘Tutor Group of the Term’ and, at the end of the year the ‘Tutor Group of the Year’ is announced. There are regular competitions, quizzes and contests that all tutor groups take part in.
We place a significant emphasis on reading, and as such insist that all students have a reading book with them every day. We read together regularly in afternoon registration, specifically on Thursdays, when we take part in Whole School Reading. Improving reading skills, and developing a wider vocabulary, is an essential part of students’ learning and of our curriculum.
Students will have the opportunity to work on their understanding of personal, social, cultural and health issues on a regular basis within their tutor group. This will further develop their understanding of the world around them, and add to their growing maturity as responsible young people.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you wish to do so.
Mr N Andrews
Achievement Team Leader