Welcome to Year 9
YEAR NINE MOTTO – ‘YOU ONLY FAIL WHEN YOU STOP TRYING!’
Year 9 is an exciting year for students at Loxford. It is the year that they make the transition from Key Stage Three to Key Stage Four. With the support of the ATL (Ms Charlton) and the YCT (Mrs Kaur), students are supported in making a number of decisions that will affect the rest of their educational career. This comes in the form of options, where students can chose to specialise in specific subject areas, whilst still gaining qualifications in core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science).
Loxford aims to provide all of our students with appropriate guidance and academic preparation in order to be successful whilst gaining real life experiences. A positive relationship between school and home is integral to the success of all students; it is therefore imperative that parents and carers feel free to contact the school and speak to myself (Ms Charlton) or Mrs Kaur regarding any concerns. In addition, you may receive courtesy calls from us in order to build a better relationship between you, your child and the Year 9 team. There are always various opportunities throughout the year for parents to come and see us; please take advantage of getting to know your child’s in-school support network.
Students are set homework on a weekly basis; this should be completed without exception. As parents and carers, it is important to provide children with a quiet and safe environment in which this can be done. In school, students can take advantage of the school library where there are various resources to enhance their learning. As an award winning Reading School, we insist that all students have a reading book with them every day. We read together regularly in afternoon registration and during English lessons, especially on Thursday when we take part in Whole School Reading. Improving reading skills is an essential part of our curriculum and allows students to develop a greater sense of the wider world.
Year 9 offers a wealth of opportunities to develop not only academically but as individuals in the school community and beyond. Our year team have demonstrated a willingness to learn and to work within the community. Our extracurricular programmes will allow students to be involved in activities that will improve their practical application of their learned achievements. As students grow older, it is important that they develop their own sense of moral purpose and integrate into the local community fully and appropriately.
I look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure the achievement of your children.
Achievement Team Leader