Key Stage Three - Y8 & 9
At the start of Year 8 students begin to work with Ms Morozgalska, Head of Key Stage Three. She monitors the academic progress of students throughout Years 8 and 9. If there are any concerns or barriers to learning that require support then she works with the students and parents, along with other professionals where required, to ensure, where possible that all learning needs are met.
Working alongside Ms Morozgalska is a full time non-teaching Pastoral Support Manager, Mrs Phillips. The pastoral team provides day to day and longer term support for any student who is experiencing any kind of difficulty in and beyond school. Mrs Phillips and Ms Morozgalska work together to access additional support and help from other services, as well as working closely with the school's Learning Support Department. Our pastoral support system is designed to ensure that all barriers to a student's continued wellbeing and progress are removed.
By working together in partnership, we trust that the hard work put into all aspects of school life by your child will be rewarded by great success at the end of what will be two busy and very fulfilling years. Year 8 is a major building block from which pupils approach their Year 9 studies. Attention paid to effort and organisation in Year 8 will help students considerably once they move on to Year 9 and then their subsequent GCSEs.
During Year 9 students begin to focus on choosing their GCSE options. In march the Options Booklet is produced and the students are given information during assemblies and in class from subject leaders about the courses available. The KS4 Information Evening is held the week after they receive their Year 9 reports. This is an evening for parents to help them support and guide their children through this process.
In June the Year 9 students will sit the internal end of KS3 examinations in the core subjects. This will help the teachers ensure that your child is assigned to the correct GCSE group in Year 10, and is an important indicator of the progress the student is making.
If you have any concerns regarding your child's academic progress, homework or emotional well being please contact their Form Tutor in the first instance.