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Year 9

 Welcome to Year 9


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

Mrs D Stevens & Miss C Grace (Fri) – 9DST
Mr D O’Neil – 9DON
Mr A Rodgers – 9ARO
Mr C Elliott – 9CEL
Dr D Taylor – 9DTA
Mrs A Sancroft-Baker – 9ASA
Mrs O Iasisen – 9OIA
Mr R Phillips – 9RPH


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

Glossary KS3 2020-21

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

Burford Plus 

From Monday to Thursday we offer an extended day, until 8.00pm. This is to accommodate the needs of busy parents who may, due to work commitments etc, not always be on hand at the end of the normal school day. Burford Plus offers students the opportunity to join the boarders and make use of the facilities within the Boarding Department. Tea and supervised homework are included together with the opportunity to take part in a range of evening activities organised by the boarding staff.


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

  • Year 9 Return to School: Monday 6 September 2021
  • Meet the Tutor: tbc
  • Non-School Uniform Day for Whole School Charity: Friday 22 October 2021
  • Review 1 – November 2021
  • Charter Day:  Friday 19 November 2021
  • Holiday: Friday 26 November 2021
  • Year 9 Internal Assessments – Monday 13 – Friday 17 December 2021, Wednesday 3 – Friday  5 January 2022, Monday 10 – Friday 14 January 2022 & Monday 23 – 27 May 2022
  • Technology Parent Forum: tbc
  • Review 2: January 2022
  • Options and Parents’ Evening: Thursday 10 February 2022
  • Non-school Uniform Day Year Group Charity: Friday 25 March 2022
  • NB: Bank Holiday – Monday 2 May 2022
  • Lower School Prize Giving: tbc
  • Non School Uniform Day, Charity tbc – Friday 24 June 2022
  • Review 3: June 2022

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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