Welcome to Year 9

Year 9 is an exciting year for students at Loxford School. It is the year that they make the transition from Key Stage Three to Key Stage Four. With the support of the Achievement Team Leader (Miss Lipscombe-Ridley) and the Year Care Team (Miss Lang), 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). Year 9 is a life changing year for students where they get the opportunity to choose their educational path to success.

Loxford School 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 essential that parents and carers feel free to contact the school and speak to myself (Miss Lipscombe-Ridley or Miss Lang 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. Every Wednesday, students are invited to partake in our year group homework club which enables students to get support from both teachers and fellow students. 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 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.


Miss Lipscombe-Ridley

Achievement Team Leader