Welcome to Year 9

Year 9 is an exciting year for students at Loxford School. It is the year that students begin making decisions in their educational journey and start the process of transitioning from Key Stage Three to Key Stage Four. Over the last 2 years, students at Loxford School have been provided with the opportunity to experience a full and broad curriculum, allowing them to discover what subjects they have a passion for and would like to pursue further. Year 9 is the time to pause and reflect on the learning journey thus far and an opportunity to take control of your education moving forward. It is also a time to think about your future careers and to make good choices that will set you up for success as a GCSE student and beyond.

Making curriculum choices in Year 9 is a very important part of your time in school. It is important to choose subjects that will interest you and motivate you. With the support of your Achievement Team Leader, the Curriculum Team Leaders and your Form Tutors, students will be supported in making a number of curriculum decisions that will affect the rest of their educational career. This comes in the form of the options process, whereby students can choose to specialise in specific subject areas, whilst still gaining qualifications in core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science). The options you choose for Years 10 and 11 will affect how you spend your time at school for the next two years. The choices you make may also influence what course or job you decide to do after Year 11. It is important to think long and hard about such decisions and ask for help where you need it. Loxford School prides itself on its ability to provide all students with guidance and academic preparation in order to be successful and make well informed decisions. There will be lots of information provided to you and your parents/guardians closer to the time. Please ensure you read it carefully and adhere to all deadlines.

In order to make sure all students fulfil their potential we have the following high expectations of the students:

  • Students will come to school on time every day to join in tutor activities and lessons.
  • Students will be properly dressed according to the uniform policy, unless there are exceptional circumstances, in which case please contact the school.
  • Students will come to school with the correct equipment for the day.
  • Students will follow our behaviour guidelines and participate fully in their education.

We believe that a positive relationship between school, student and home is integral to the success of all students, therefore it is essential that parents and carers contact the school and speak to the Achievement Team Leader and/or the Year Care Team regarding any concerns. In addition, you may receive courtesy calls from us in order to inform you of your child’s progress and achievement. Communication is a vital part of building a strong 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 across all their subjects; 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. Please do also keep an eye on their homework diaries and sign these off weekly once the homework has been completed. In school, students can take advantage of the school library where there are a wealth of resources to enhance their learning and depth of knowledge. 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 Loxford School takes part in Whole School Reading. Improving reading skills is a fundamental part of our curriculum and allows students, not only, to improve and expand their vocabulary to aid their academic writing but also to gain a deeper insight 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 extracurricular programmes will allow students to be involved in activities that will improve their skills and apply 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.

 

Miss D John

Year 9 Achievement Team Leader