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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 pupils are nurtured and our school values are constantly reinforced. Good practice is established, enabling pupils to develop the necessary skills to become excellent pupils.

Success is rewarded and pupils strive to achieve their full potential in all areas of school life. Pupils 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 pupils to take part in drama, music and sport.  Pupils are also offered the opportunity to partake in various residential visits. As pupils move from Year 7 into Year 8 they mature and become responsible role models for the new intake.

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are set end of Key Stage 3 targets.  These are based on a combination of pupils’ 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 pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils are given a number of presentations in assemblies from the Deputy Headteacher in charge of the curriculum, from Subject Leaders and from outside agencies for courses they may not have experienced at Key Stage 3.  Pupils complete their options process in the spring term which begins with a pre-options evening.  The Deputy Headteacher, Subject Leaders and guest speakers from outside agencies give details of the curriculum and courses and parents have the opportunity to speak with them to discuss the suitability of those courses for their children.  Careers Wales advisors are also available to give further guidance on career, further and higher education pathways. In the summer term, pupils sit National Literacy and Numeracy tests.  The school submits End of Key Stage 3 validated results to the Welsh Government and Interim Reports are issued to parents informing them of these results.

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