Welcome to Year 8 at Loxford School
Year 8 is an exciting and important year for all students. Having settled into life at secondary school last year, the focus this year is on developing maturity and independence in pupils’ learning.
The good habits that were developed in Year 7 must now be taken further, allowing pupils to start working towards their GCSEs. All students in Year 8 are seen as young adults, capable of making the right decisions about their behaviour and learning.
Loxford School operates a ‘Stage Not Age’ approach to teaching and learning. This means that some pupils will be starting GCSE or GNVQ subjects in Year Nine and everybody will begin working towards their Maths GCSE next year. Some students will be invited to take GCSEs in community languages and foreign languages as soon as they are ready to do so.
With the focus of Year 9 on moving towards GCSEs, Year 8 has become an essential year to practise and develop independent learning skills. This year must be seen by all students as an important stepping stone to GCSE success.
Pupils will be supported in their learning by a form tutor, who has an overview of their learning and who will be able to offer advice and guidance. The Achievement Team Leader, Ms. Rawat, is responsible for learning and achievement of the year group. Mr. Jinmi is responsible for student welfare and is available to help students and parents with any concerns they may have. We are supported in our work by staff from the SEN, EAL and Care Teams.
Every student in Year 8 is important to us. We insist on high standards of work and behaviour at all times. Every student must follow the school Code of Conduct and must be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. Letters, certificates and prizes are given for outstanding work and sanctions are used when students do not meet our high standards. “Actions have consequences”. Students are encouraged to have a say in the life of the school and each tutor group sends representatives to the year council ensuring that the student voice is heard.
Your child should expect to get homework most days. This must be written in their homework diary, which must be checked by parents every week. My vision is for home and school to work closely together in order for the students to achieve. There are homework clubs where students can get help with their work, and excellent library and ICT facilities that can be used before and after school.
We believe in healthy competition between tutor groups: each week points are given for attendance and achievement. Every term, an award is made to the ‘Tutor Group of the Term’ and, at the end of the year the ‘Tutor Group of the Year’ is announced. There are regular competitions, quizzes and contests that all tutor groups are expected to take part in, with bonus points awarded.
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, especially on Thursday when we take part in Whole School Reading. Improving reading skills is an essential part of our curriculum.
Students will have the opportunity to work on extended projects which will help them to develop their independent learning skills and raise their awareness of issues around citizenship.
Please do come and see me if there are any issues or concerns that you have.
I look forward to a very successful year with lots to celebrate from every member of Year 8.
Ms Kelly.Achievement Team Leader of Year 8