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 now is to develop confidence, maturity and independence in pupils’ learning. It is crucial for Year 8 students to enhance their strengths, which will allow them 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 at Tabor Academy.
Every student in Year 8 is important to us. We make no apologies for insisting 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, doing 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, and can provide guidance on how to help your child make progress, for example, we publish guidance on how to maximise achievement with lots of subject specific practical ideas, for helping your child improve their understanding and outcomes.
As Achievement Team Leader, I am responsible for learning and achievement of the year group. Our Year Care Team member, 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 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 myself regularly visit lessons across all subjects to see learning as it happens.
Students are rewarded for reaching high standards in both achievement and behaviour in lessons through letters home, certificates and awards. Students are also sanctioned when they do not meet our high expectations, and we very much appreciate your support in these matters should they arise.
At Tabor Academy we know it is important for students to have a quiet and distraction-free environment in which to complete their homework. It is set on a weekly basis, and should be completed punctually. With this in mind, 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 into the outstanding young adults we expect.
I look forward to a very successful year and am confident every member of Year 8 will be able to celebrate truly deserved progress and stunning achievements.