Year 8 is an important and exciting year for all students and we have very high expectations of them. Our focus this year is on developing independence and taking responsibility for our learning. We encourage our students to work hard and start to think about their future goals and how they are going to be successful in achieving them.
Our Year 8 students have many opportunities this year to develop their skills and confidence. We are able to offer a range of exciting opportunities with universities and colleges including UCL’s Sutton Scholars Programme and LSE’s Promoting Potential course. We also encourage students to join in extra-curricular activities as well as becoming part of a Student Voice team. I am really proud of how many students get involved with the opportunities that are presented to them. They have big dreams and ambitions and we are here to guide and support the person that they want to become.
Success for all is celebrated through LOCs, phone calls home, certificates and reward trips. Our Year 8 Celebration Evening will celebrate personal and academic achievements of our students. The Interform competition runs across Year 8 and students will gain points for their form in a number of ways including behaviour, attendance and engaging in different opportunities. The winning form will be invited to a reward trip to celebrate their success.
We expect our students to have excellent attendance and punctuality, be organised and prepared to learn. They should bring the correct equipment (pen, pencil, ruler, planner, reading book and calculator) and resources to lessons, and ensure that homework is completed regularly and on time.
We ask that parents and carers support us when students do not meet our expectations and encourage our young people to take responsibility for their actions. We also ask that parents and carers check the planner regularly and sign it every weekend. It is also important that the completion of homework is monitored at home.
Our Weekly Tutor Time Routine:
- Monday – Equipment and planner check
- Tuesday – Key Stage 3 Assembly
- Wednesday – Year 8 Assembly
- Thursday – Tutor-time programme
- Friday – Team building
- Homework club runs every Wednesday 2-3pm in IT2 by invitation only.
- Study Club is on every Tuesday after school from 3.10-4pm in MA12 with Mrs Rowland. Everyone is welcome and resources, computers and printers are available to use.
- SDD Homework Club also runs every lunchtime. Please contact your child’s Keyworker if you would like to know more about this.
I am fortunate to work with such fantastic young people and I thank you for your ongoing support.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance and we will be happy to assist you.
Head of Year 8
Key Dates for Year 8:
Year 8 Parent’s Evening
Wednesday 24th April 3.45pm-6.45pm
Year 8 Celebration Evening
Tuesday 16th July 2019 6pm – 7.30pm
Dance Days – Wednesday 10th July 2019 and Thursday 11th July 2019
Southend Adventure Island – Thursday 18th July 2019
Friday 12th July 2019