Welcome to Year 9

‘Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally.
It comes from what you do consistently.’

Year 9 is an important year for all students at Abbs Cross Academy. It is the year where student’s transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 and students will be required to make difficult decisions about their GCSE options. The focus this year is to continue to develop student’s maturity and to make sure that students are consistent in their approach to their studies to ensure success.

Choosing your options can be a daunting prospect for students and we understand that every student will need guidance throughout the options process in order to make the right decisions. As the Year 9 Achievement Team Leader, I will be working closely with the year group to ensure they understand the process and act as a guide to advise them where possible.  There will be a number of events this year for students, parents and careers that relate to Year 9 and the option process. These events are an opportunity to discuss option choices with teaching staff, and to gain a better understanding of the requirements for each subject. We hope to have your full support at these events to ensure that students are making smart decisions based on their ability level and are confident with their option choices.

In order to achieve success, we insist on the highest standards of work and behaviour at all times. Every student must follow the school Code of Conduct and must be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. In order to ensure that students are prepared for Key Stage 4 and are able to work independently, homework will be set on a regular basis and is expected to be complete in a well presented manner and on time.  In order to further support students who need assistance with homework, we are starting a homework club once a week after school specifically for Year 9 students and our library offers a quiet study space, should students need it at school. Homework must be written in to their homework diary, which we ask parents to check and sign weekly.

We expect Year 9 students to be well equipped for every lesson by having their planner, relevant books/ kit and pens and pencils with them. Reading is also seen as an essential part of students learning and of our curriculum, therefore students will need to have an age appropriate reading book with them every day. On Thursday we take part in Drop Everything and Read, where the whole school, staff and students, read together in afternoon registration. This is to encourage a love for reading and to improve their literacy skills.

We need to encourage students to be consistent in their approach to their studies, and that consistency starts with making sure that students are prepared. Close attention will be paid to student’s uniform, making sure they have the correct equipment and to attendance and punctuality. We are very clear that students must take responsibility for their actions at all times and therefore sanctions are in place when students fail to do the right thing. We ask that parents work with us to support our students with this too.

We are keen to celebrate student’s achievements throughout the year at every opportunity. Our rewards system ensures that students who display outstanding work and effort are recognised. Rewards and certificated will be awarded on a regular basis in assembly and during form time and students are able to earn places on extracurricular trips for their positive attitude to learning. Positive phones calls and letters home will ensure that parents and careers are informed of such achievements and can celebrate progress too.

It is essential that we continue to build a strong relationship between home and school as this is proven formula in helping students to achieve their best. If at any time you have questions regarding student’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor, myself or Mrs Valentini.

I look forward to working alongside you this year to ensure students success and would like to thank you in advance for your continued support.

Ms E Buntrock
Achievement Team Leader