Year 9 Overview

Ethos of Year 9

Year 9 is an important year in the development of our girls and a year of transition.

Girls in this year are growing up and maturing. The physical and mental changes encountered in puberty can be challenging. At a time when some of our pupils may wish to test the boundaries set by school, it is important to make them aware of the academic and behavioural expectations (including uniform) we require.

We should encourage them to become independent but also to understand the consequences of their actions. We should help the girls to develop an appreciation of rules, morality and their responsibilities and to be tolerant of others irrespective of race or abilities.

Girls should also be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own learning in preparation for GCSE examinations and further qualifications. They also may need help coping with sets in some subjects and matching their abilities to their expectations.

In Year 9 girls make decisions about their choice of GCSE subjects for Year 10. We need to encourage them to think carefully and to give advice about how they can achieve their individual aspirations. In Year 10 the girls will be allocated different tutor groups and we need to help them to see their friendships in a wider setting so that this transition is not so daunting.

We should encourage girls to continue to be involved in extra-curricular activities such as cultural, sporting or educational clubs and to take an active part in supporting charity events.

Pastoral Staff

Head of Year 
Mr J Shaw

Form Tutors 2019-20

Mr H Hargreaves
Mrs S Heptinstall
Miss B Kerridge
Mrs D Walker/Mrs J Lonsdale
Mr R Webster

Year 9 Key Events

Term Event
Autumn Term I Year 9 History Trip to London
  Information Morning
Autumn Term II Speech Day
  Carol Service
  Full reports issued
Spring Term I Form Assemblies
  Year 9 Parents' Evening
Spring Term II Form Assemblies
  Year 9 Ski Trip
Summer Term I Exam week
  Biology Trip to Chester Zoo
Summer Term II Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
  Reports issued
  Sports Day

Key Facts

  • Year 9 Ski Trip to Claviere, Italy, History Trip to London and Biology Trip to Chester Zoo
  • GCSE options choices, supported by Careers lessons in PSHE and the Head of Lower School Careers
  • Transition to Year 10 Day run by Mrs North- Clarke (Head of Year 10 and 11)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award which consist of four areas; Volunteering, Skills, Physical and an Expedition
  • Leadership opportunities include Form Sergeant, Form Assembly, Subject Monitor and School Council Rep
  • Clubs and Societies – numerous opportunities lunchtime and after school