Following on from their experiences in The Bridge in Year 7 and The Gateway in Year 8, students in Year 9 follow a broad and balanced curriculum of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, French, PE, Art, Design, Music, Drama and PSHE. Studying a range of subjects in Year 9 enables students to have a better understanding of the subjects they may wish to study at GCSE.
Tutors, subject staff and members of the pastoral team work closely with students in the lead up to their option selection in order to ensure that they pick the subjects most suitable for them.
Registrations and assemblies are used to guide students through the option process and our Options Evening enables Year 9 students to explore the range of qualifications available to them, with staff on hand to offer personal support and advice to students and their parents. Independent careers advice is also available to all students during the evening.
Students learn about education pathways and careers throughout the year as part of the Year 9 tutor programme. Enrichment activities such as school events and visits further add to their understanding of their options beyond school. Students can also put themselves forward for key roles within the school. Our Student Ambassadors for example, work collaboratively with staff in order to improve aspects of the school. There are many opportunities for those who are interested and committed to get involved.
In order to ensure all Year 9 students, have excellent communication skills, the development
of reading, vocabulary and oracy features throughout the curriculum. Students are able to articulate their learning journey and continue to develop their vocabulary throughout the academic year supported by staff in lessons and within the tutor programme.
Students also benefit from excellent pastoral care and are supported holistically in order to help them to reach their full potential. The Year 9 team is lead by a Head of Year, an Assistant Leader of Learning and Pastoral Manager. Along with a team of tutors, they ensure that students are supported and challenged throughout the academic year. Most importantly they ensure a calm, safe environment in which students can learn.
We also work collaboratively to ensure that our students are prepared for the wider world and the many eventualities and experiences they may encounter. A cohesive PSHE plan ensures that our Year 9 students are educated on a vast range of issues that are relevant to them and the world they are preparing to live in as young adults. Students learn how to have happy, safe and healthy lives. They explore the modern world, learning about British Values, tolerance, pride and respect.
We are proud to offer our Year 9 students a full and varied curriculum. A curriculum that prepares Year 9 both academically and emotionally for their lives beyond school.
Year 9 Team
AHT - Director of KS3-4: Jake Grimood