Year 9

Curriculum Information

Year 9 Director of Learning: Miss Julie McCabe Wedlock

Year 9 Head of Behaviour & Safeguarding: Mrs Catherine Beattie

Year 9 Guidance Support Worker: Mrs Debra Huarski

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Year 9 Mission Statement

Welcome to Year 9 which is the start of a very important KS4 journey as our students begin their GCSE courses. We want our students to be positive and confident learners who enjoy their learning experiences. Students should embrace new opportunities and challenges, both inside the classroom and extracurricular. As their Director of Learning, I want to ensure that students feel supported at all levels which will be achieved through our partnerships with parents and families.

Year 9 Form Tutors  
9Y Ms G Hawkins
9J Miss J Walker
9N Ms S Kelly
9B Mr D Budgen
9R Mr G Bellis
9I Ms L Barlow
9G Mr M Herridge
9T Mrs T Rees-Cooke

We encourage an open dialogue between school and home. If you have any worries or concerns, no matter how minor, please do not hesitate to contact your child's Form Teacher in the first instance. Please telephone Reception on 01492 864200 and leave a message and the Form teacher will get back to you. Alternatively you can email Mrs Julie McCabe Wedlock, Year 9 Director of Learning at


Students in Year 9 will follow a semi personalised timetable. This means that all students will follow the Core subjects which are English, Maths, Science, Welsh, Religious Education, Welsh Bac, PE and PSE. In addition to the Core subjects, students have chosen 4 options to study, one from each column from the table below:

Business Studies Art Art Art
Geography Catering Child Development Business Studies
History Computer Science Engineering Child Development
Humanities (Entry Level) Drama French Drama
ICT Engineering ICT Engineering
Religious Studies History Outdoor Education Outdoor Education
Music Product Design Physical Education
Outdoor Education Spanish Textiles
Product Design Triple Science
Religious Studies

Assessment Targets

Each student will set themselves individual assessment targets with guidance from their subject teachers and form tutors. There will be a 2 week target setting focus at the beginning of the academic year which will take place between September 11th and 22nd. In addition to this, students will be reviewing their targets following each AP throughout the year, this process will be recorded in their planners.

Assessment and reporting

There will be 3 assessment points during the year therefore each student will be issued with 3 reports: 2 interim reports which will include a breakdown of their progress and 1 full report. The dates that these reports will be issued are as follows:

  • AP1 - January 8th (interim report)
  • AP2 - April 9th (full report)
  • AP3 - June 18th (interim report)


The school has an attendance policy of 95% or above. All medical and dental appointments should be scheduled for outside of school hours. However, if your child is off school for any reason, please contact the attendance officer via the school reception at your earliest convenience and provide us with written evidence for the absence on your child’s return to school.

Key Dates - Year 9  
Monday November 20th AP1 Assessment
Monday February 26th AP2 Assessment
Monday June 4th AP3 Exams
Tuesday July 10th Year 9 Parents' Evening

Year 9 Director of Learning Evening Presentation (PDF)

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