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Year 9

 Welcome to Year 9


The Head of Year is Mr M Wright.  He is supported by a strong team of form tutors.


Mrs A Pope – 9APO

Mrs R Allsop – 9RAL

Miss K Ryan – 9KRY

Miss R Ellis – 9REL

Mrs I Ludlow 9ILU

Mrs R Hughes – 9RHU

Mrs L Speakman and Mr R Dennis – 9LSP

Mr D Lawson – 9DLA


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

In Year 9 the important process of choosing GCSE options and alternative pathways begins.

During Terms 1, 2 and 3, students discuss the most suitable choices for them with their tutors, subject teachers and Heads of Department.  They are also supported in their decision-making through a series of presentations, group discussions and interviews.  The Careers Advisor, Mrs Haines gives a presentation on the importance of subject choices on career opportunities and is available to discuss choices on an individual basis.

The main options process starts early in the New Year with a Year 9 Options and Parents’ Evening in February. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take an active part in the process.

By March students are able to make informed choices which are matched to their needs, abilities and skills and the selections made are timetabled to ensure the combination of choices can be met.

Qualifications gained at the end of Key Stage 4 are an essential springboard for students’ development as they play a large part in shaping future educational and career opportunities.

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


Year 9 Drama Assessment Criteria

Year 9 DT Textiles Assessment criteria

Year 9 DT Systems and Control Assessment criteria

Year 9 DT Resistant Materials Assessment criteria

Year 9 DT Graphics Assessment criteria

Year 9 DT Food Assessment Criteria

Year 9 English Assessment Criteria

Year 9 Geography Assessment Criteria


Year 9 ICT 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 2 February 2023 – Year 9 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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