Our new Year nine students are beginning their GCSE learning journey today.

Each student has chosen their preferred subjects from three option blocks and will work in small groups to allow for in-depth study and greater communication with specialist teachers.

This morning sees the 13-year-olds’ first lessons in Computing, Spanish, Art or Music. Later today the cohort will find out more about GCSE History, PE or Food and Nutrition and be introduced to Geography, Drama or DT tomorrow.

All students continue to study our core streamed subjects of English, Maths and Science, as well as CCF BTEC. The Year nine curriculum also features regular sessions of PE, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) and ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) in the school library. GCSE students are also provided with a weekly Critical Thinking tutorial, where they are introduced to different learning strategies and skills, such as more efficient note-taking, revision techniques and effective knowledge retention tactics.

Year nines can also choose to sign-up for Duke of Edinburgh awards; LAMDA drama workshops and examinations; Statistics GCSE; Emergency First Aid at Work qualification and the ILM Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading.

Headmaster Mr Paul Savage has been visiting classrooms from Nursery to year 11 to see how the children are settling-in to their new forms. He was particularly impressed with Director of Music, Mr John Stone’s new Year nine music tutor group, which is building on its learning from music lessons in previous years and tackling a more complex piece on the marimba.

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