Welcome to Year 8

Year 8 is a pivotal year for all students. Having had the opportunity to settle into secondary school last year, the focus this year is to develop confidence, maturity and independence in pupils’ learning. It is crucial for Year 8 students to enhance their good habits, which will allow pupils to start working towards their final examinations in Year 11. Every student in Year 8 is seen as a young adult, capable of making the right decisions about their learning as well as their behaviour. It is also their opportunity to shine and act as mentors for the newest students.

Every student in Year 8 is important to us. We insist on the highest standards of classwork, homework, presentation and behaviour at all times. Every student must follow the school policy of ‘Be in the right place, at the right time and do the right thing.’ In return, we will ensure all Year 8 students have access to excellent learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage as much support in the home as possible. We do publish guidance on how to help your child make progress, for example, we published guidance on how to maximise achievement with lots of subject specific practical ideas for helping your child improve their understanding and work.

The Achievement Team Leader, Mrs Hedges, is responsible for learning and achievement of the year group. Our Year Care Team, Ms Culham, is responsible for student welfare and is available to help students and parents with any concerns they may have. Every student will also be supported in their learning by a form tutor who has an overview of their learning and will be able to offer advice and guidance on a day to day basis. Furthermore, we are supported in our work by our SEN and EAL teams. A positive relationship between school and home is integral to the success of all students, hence it is important that parents and carers feel free to contact the school and speak to myself, Ms Culham or your child’s form tutor regarding any concerns. Both Ms Culham and Mrs Hedges regularly visit lessons to see all the wonderful learning and work taking place in lessons.

In addition to regular lessons, we organise a variety of extra-curricular experiences, ranging from day trips to residential excursions, outside speakers and cross-curricular activity days. Students have enjoyed an afternoon in the West End, watching a performance of the outstanding Broadway musical ‘Wicked!’ Students have also enjoyed learning about the origins of foods at Jimmy’s Farm  explored space, time and communication at the Science Museum in Knightsbridge and even discussed current affairs and the ways for the future with undergraduates at the University of Essex, Colchester.

Students are rewarded for reaching these high standards in both achievement and behaviour in lessons through letters, certificates and awards, however students are also sanctioned when they do not meet our expectations, and we appreciate your support in these matters.

Students are set homework on a weekly basis which should be completed punctually. It is important for students to have a quiet and distraction-free environment in which to complete their homework. The school provides a homework support club in the library where there are various resources to enhance your child’s learning.  Additionally, the school provides extra-curricular clubs in a range of subjects where students are given the opportunity to develop personally and socially. Our extra-curricular programmes will allow students to be involved in activities that will improve their practical application of their learned achievements.

I look forward to a very successful year with lots to celebrate from every member of Year 8.

Mrs Hedges
Achievement Team Leader