Updated: June 2019.
Head of Year 8: Mrs Minshull
I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Head of Year 8. Year 8 is an important year in forming the foundations for the years ahead. At this stage students start to find out for themselves which subjects they really enjoy and where they may need extra support.
The curriculum in Year 8 is very similar to that of Year 7. However, the students have exciting times ahead as they will have important decisions to make regarding selecting their options for Key Stage 4 and they will need to start to think about which subjects they may want to study for their GCSE’S.
We have a strong team of tutors, teachers and support staff, who work closely to ensure that the working atmosphere enables students to develop their full potential in every sense; personally, morally, spiritually, culturally and physically, as well as academically. We also endeavour to see the ‘whole child’ and embrace their individual needs and talents.
It is important to us, as a school, that we set high standards and we encourage high aspirations from our young people, illustrated by our core ASPIRE values. We provide ambitious and exciting opportunities for our year 8’s through providing a well-designed and individualised curriculum, where students develop a love for learning. We also offer opportunities this year for pupils to engage with our Careers advisor, Miss Sienna, to think about future choices in preparation to picking their options later on in the year.
My role this year is to ensure that all students begin to develop the skills and talents needed to reach their full learning potential and become independent resilient learners. High standards are expected both inside and outside of the classroom and, now that the novelty of secondary school has worn off, students are expected to be more organised and responsible. They will still need support from home and school throughout the year and our partnership is as important as ever. Therefore I would ask that parents continue to communicate with their child’s form tutor, as necessary, as the first point of contact, as the committed team of tutors see your child on a daily basis.
Year 8 is made up of 8 tutor groups led by an enthusiastic and dedicated team of staff who work alongside our students day to day ensuring they are constantly striving to be the best people they can be. We have a weekly award within tutor groups for the ‘tutor champion’ which is announced in assemblies, as well as tutor group competitions for the best attendance, punctuality and ASPIRE points each half term. This encourages all pupils to be the best person they can be by working together and recognising each other’s achievements.
There are many extracurricular activities for Year 8 to enjoy and I would encourage all students to take full advantage of the opportunities available. Students can play a very active part in the life of our school including: Chaplaincy, student council, charity, sports, dance, drama and music to name a few! As well as providing a welcome break from academic work and the opportunity to develop new skills, they are an ideal way of making new friends outside of the tutor group and year group.
We have a team of dedicated leadership monitors and senior monitors who deliver daily messages, lead on charity events and represent year 8 as positive role models around the school. Opportunities to apply to be a leadership monitor are termly to encourage all pupils to develop their confidence and leadership skills within the year group.
The well-being of every child in our care is of the utmost importance to us. I look forward to working with parents and the team of tutors to ensure that every child in Year 8 is safe, happy and fulfilled.
We are very proud of the students in Year 8 and look forward to sharing with you our successes on this page.