Students in Year 8 arrive for the start of a new school year in September with the knowledge that they are no longer the most junior girls in the school: unlike twelve months previously, they will know the names of staff members, know their way around the school and know of the school’s overall culture and expectations. With this knowledge comes extra responsibility, and through their behaviour, conduct and specifically through the ‘Buddy’ system, Year 8 girls are expected to act as role models for the new Year 7 students.
Year 8 girls begin to push themselves further and show some more independence, both in their learning and outside of lessons. A full range of extra-curricular activities remains available to students, and a new school year is the perfect opportunity to embrace a new challenge or interest; indeed, some clubs are open to Year 8 girls for the first time. Excitingly for the girls, this year sees them being able to select activities from the EDGE programme of study for the first time, so that each girl is able to supplement her education in a way that she, personally, finds most enriching and enjoyable.
As with Year 7, each Form Group is allocated a slot on the assembly rota and must (with the assistance of their Form Tutor) research, plan, rehearse and deliver an assembly to the rest of the school. These assemblies typically are creative, entertaining, yet thoughtful and Year 8 girls rise to the challenge admirably, taking on even more of the planning and preparation themselves.
The students’ second year at WGHS is accompanied by a range of challenges, which the girls have to discover their own strategies to cope with. The younger teenage years can be difficult: puberty kicks in for many, but by no means all, of the girls, and Form groups are rearranged to provide a fresh opportunity for mixing and making new friends across the year group. The pastoral team are always alert to problems that may arise and provide guidance, understanding and help.
WGHS offers the secure conditions which enable the individual to thrive, and creates an environment which is stimulating, varied and challenging. Girls recognise the diversity and individuality of others and the importance of their own attitudes and effort in reaching their potential.
Head of Year
Mr J Shaw
Form Tutors 2019-20
Mrs Bullough/Mrs Heathcote
Year 8 Key Events
|Autumn Term I||School Photographs|
|Buddy System launch|
|HPV I Injections|
|Autumn Term II||HPV II injections|
|Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal|
|Spring Term I||Reports issued|
|Spring Term II||HPV III injections|
|Junior Maths Challenge for all Y8|
|ISSP Science Show - Years 7, 8, 9|
|Summer Term I||Exam Week|
|KS3 Maths Trip to Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire - Years 7, 8, 9|
|Summer Term II||Disco|
|KS3 got Talent|
|Year 8 Paris Trip|