Welcome to Year 8 from Mr Reardon, Director of Learning
Year 8 pupils are encouraged to build on the strong foundations they developed in year 7 by a dedicated team of form tutors. With the new pastoral curriculum, pupils focus on their friendship groups and are challenged to think about the role they can play in creating a positive environment for themselves and others. They will analyse their motivations and those of others to critically assess their place in the school environment. This process is carried out through the key themes of: 'Making and keeping positive relationships' and 'Internet Safety'.
Careers Education Guidance is part of the statutory requirements delivered in year 8. Through the guidance of Mrs Paul, this is delivered by form tutors as they introduce pupils to careers through identifying positive role models and define their characteristics. Pupils will also consider what their dream future might look like to widen their aspirations and recognise the value in seeking out enrichment opportunities to develop their skills and confidence. Finally, they will identify some of the skills which enable individuals to be enterprising.
This is an important year for our pupils as they transition from settling in to making option choices next year. During this year they will establish the routines and friendships which will form the basis for their young adult life. The overarching aim is Broadening Horizons, we strive to provide them with the support, information and skills they will need to enjoys successful, fulfilling lives and careers and in some small way give them a desire to make the world in which they live a better place.