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Years 7 and 8

Transition Pathway Leader: Mrs M Thomas

Years 7 and 8

Year 7 is the beginning of Key Stage 3 and the beginning of an exciting journey through secondary school education. Throughout the year students are nurtured and our school values are constantly reinforced. Good practice is established, enabling students to develop the necessary skills to become excellent learners.

Success is rewarded and students strive to achieve their full potential in all areas of school life. Students in both Years 7 and 8 are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities that take place both in and outside of school time. All through the year there are many opportunities for students to take part in drama, music and sport. Students are also offered the opportunity to partake in various residential visits. As students move from Year 7 into Year 8 they mature and become responsible role models for the new intake.

Students in Years 7 and 8 are set end of Key Stage 3 targets. These are based on a combination of students’ Key Stage 2 results from Year 6 and any extra progress made in Years 7 and 8. In the summer term, Years 6 to 9 sit National Literacy and Numeracy Tests. The results of these are analysed and intervention strategies are used to support Year 7 and 8 students whose literacy and numeracy skills fall below expectation, in order that they develop the skills necessary to access and enjoy their wider curriculum. Year 8 students are encouraged to have ownership of their end of Key Stage 3 academic targets, enabling them to achieve at the highest possible level as they move towards Year 9.

The Year 8 options process begins in the latter half of the autumn term where students are given a number of presentations in assemblies from the Deputy Head responsible for the curriculum, from Subject Leaders and from outside agencies for courses they may not have experienced at Key Stage 3.