Welcome to Year 9
The Head of Year is Mr Wright. He is supported by a strong team of form tutors.
Mrs B Allsop/Miss B Rabjohns – 9RAL
Mrs E Broughton – 9EBR
Miss R Ellis – 9REL
Mr P Green – 9PGR
Mrs K Griffiths/Mr Hill/Mrs Branch – 9KGR
Miss B Hughes – 9EBR
Mr D Lawson – 9DLA
Miss K Ryan – 9KRY
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.
Burford Plus – Extended Day Care
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
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.
- Year 9 Return to School: Friday 4 September 2020
- Meet the Tutor: Thursday 24 September 2020
- Review 1 – November 2020
- Non-School Uniform Day for The British Legion: Wednesday 11 November 2020
- Charter Day: Friday 20 November 2020
- Holiday: Friday 27 November 2020
- Year 9 Internal Exams – Tuesday 5 – Friday 15 January 2021
- Technology Parent Forum: Tuesday 19 January 2021
- Review 2: January 2021
- Options and Parents’ Evening: Thursday 4 February 2021
- NB: Bank Holiday – Monday 3 May 2021
- Lower School Prize Giving: Wednesday 23 June 2021
- Review 3: July 2021
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.