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Year 8

Welcome to Year 8

The Head of Year is Mrs L Ritchie.  She is supported by a strong team of form tutors.

Miss C Grace – 8CGR

Mr D O’Neil – 8DON

Miss E Hoad – 8EHO

Mr R Phillips – 8RPH

Mr C Elliott – 8CEL

Miss J Ellis – 8JEL

Mrs O Iasisen – 8OIA

Dr A Bullard – 8ABU

The team can be emailed at any time to answer relevant queries or questions.  Subject queries should be addressed to the subject teachers (see Curriculum for Heads of Department). For any other queries please see the full list of staff emails.

Key Academic Focus

Year 8 is when students build and extend what has been established in Year 7, working hard towards their end of KS3 exams. The school has an extensive range of opportunities open to students and every student is encouraged to participate in a variety of activities outside the curriculum.

Every year in secondary education is important, and students in Year 8 need to build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from the previous year and develop these further in order to ensure continued success.

The priorities for the year are:

  • to preserve the good study habits, routines and behaviours established in Year 7 so that students are able to work and learn to their full potential. Student progress and attainment are closely monitored throughout the year and parents are notified through regular Reviews, Parents’ Evenings and, if necessary, through personal letters.
  • to prepare thoroughly for the end-of-year examinations so that students can gain results commensurate with their ability and potential.
  • to experience new skills and build new friendships through the extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities available; discovering new and unfamiliar activities and developing current favourites.

Glossary KS3 2021-22


The school day begins at 8.30 am and finishes at 3.00 pm for all students. During a typical week, students are in school for 35.2 hours. Optional after-school activities finish at 4.30 pm. We are very aware of the impact of attendance on learning and achievement, and closely monitor the attendance and punctuality of all students throughout the school year. For more information, please refer to our Attendance Policy which can be found in our School Policies Section.

In line with government directives, students are not permitted to take holidays during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances is the Headteacher able to sanction time off and adherence to this is essential for students to achieve successful learning outcomes.

Criteria for Achievement

Since September 2016 the assessment and reporting system for students in Year 7 has been based on how much progress they make from a starting point. This method of assessment continues into Year 8. On the reports sent home to parents, there is a target colour band for each subject rather than a grade. Your son or daughter will make expected progress for the year if they remain within this target colour band. Each subject has a set of criteria for each target colour band so students know what they are aiming to achieve.  The criteria will also help students set themselves a target after each review point.

Year 8 Art Assessment Criteria

Year 8 Drama Assessment Criteria

Year 8 DT Systems and Control Assessment Criteria

Year 8 DT Textiles Assessment Criteria

Year 8 DT Resistant Materials Assessment Criteria

Year 8 DT Graphics Assessment Criteria

Year 8 DT Food Assessment criteria




Year 8 ICT Assessment Criteria

Year 8 Languages Assessment Criteria


Year 8 Music Assessment Criteria

Year 8 PE Assessment Criteria

Year 8 RE Assessment Criteria

Year 8 Science Assessment Criteria


Following each review, all students will have learning discussions with their subject teachers and tutors about how to maintain progress and how to move learning forward. You will be able to see the target set by your son or daughter, under the guidance of their subject teacher, in their subject books.

Key Dates

  • Thursday 27 April 2023 – Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Year Charity

Each year students choose a charity to support throughout the year. Students fundraise for their chosen charity, raising awareness of the charity’s aims and projects in assemblies and through presentations.

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