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Year 9

The Year 9 team is led by Miss Parris and consists of 218 students who are divided into eight mixed ability form groups. Each form is led by a form tutor. We have a house system across the school involving four houses: Caxton, Chaucer, Cobham and Sidney. Each form is linked to a house and competes throughout the year in various events to gain house points for the overall house competition.

The pastoral team for Year 9 consists of:

Line manager of Year 9

Mr Wright

Head of Year

Miss Parris

Form Tutors

Caxton X             Mr Parkinson

Caxton Y             Mrs Elliott

Chaucer X           Mr Blower

Chaucer Y          Ms Notton

Cobham X           Ms Watson

Cobham Y           Mr Evans

Sidney X              Miss Medhurst / Miss Bates

Sidney Y              Mrs Murphy

Every member of the team can be contacted via the main school office on 0208 300 5665.

Support

Staff at Hurstmere are here to support pupils as they make their way through the school. We offer a range of support from informal discussions with pupils to more structured interventions such as Peer Mentoring. We are eager to help our students and rely on open communications to ensure we can quickly deal with any issues that may arise. Please contact your son’s form tutor in the first instance if you have something you wish to discuss with us.

Our Ethos

At Hurstmere, we are a telling school and members of staff are only too willing to assist students in resolving any issues they have during their school day. Students can speak with their classroom teachers for issues that occur during lessons. During the 20 minute registration at the end of the school day, boys can also liaise with their form tutors and inform them of any issues they may have in the corridors, between lessons and to or from school. As teachers we can work with your son to get the best out of them, we ask that you support us in what we are trying to achieve and take an interest in what they are studying by assisting them in completing homework and resolving conflicts that may occur during the school year.

Remember “if we don’t know about it, we can’t help you deal with it.”

Extra-curricular Activities

The school provides a wide range of activities outside of conventional classroom time and it is important that pupils make the most of the opportunities on offer. This helps pupils to settle in to the new school year, make new friends and develop their social skills. Most departments in the school have additional sessions that further engage students and developing their knowledge and understanding. These are a great way to learn more in a specific area and make new friends with similar interests. Activities take place at lunchtimes and after school, and timetables are available in every classroom. It is recommended that all pupils take part in some form of extra-curricular activity to help them feel part of their school.

Achievement and Rewards

Pupil achievements are recognised and rewarded in a number of ways in Year 9. Pupils are registered with our Class Charts system where their teachers can add positive comments. Each week the top ten pupils will receive a reward postcard as recognition of their hard work. Pupils who perform consistently throughout each term will be invited to take part in reward trips. Pupils can also receive points towards the annual House competition. Be sure to look out for opportunities throughout the year to contribute to the success of your house. Pupils in Year 9 can also receive letters and praise postcards from teachers and form tutors for their efforts.

Homework

Your son will receive homework from his subject teachers and this should be recorded in his planner. To support the boys, teachers will also place details of homework onto a website called Show My Homework. As a parent, you also have access to this website and please do feel free to consult it regularly to support your son(s) with their homework and organisation.

Home and School Contact

Every pupil is issued with a school planner at the start of the academic year which becomes their responsibility. This is an excellent resource for pupils to keep themselves organised. It also is a useful vehicle for maintaining close contact between home and school. Teachers may use the planner to communicate with you and you are of course welcome to do the same. Please ensure you check your son’s planner EVERY DAY and that you sign your son’s planner every week. All members of staff can of course be contacted on the main school number.

Options

This year, your sons will be asked to choose their options for GCSE. This is something to be considered very carefully as the pupils move towards January 2019 when they will be asked to select their choices.

Important dates for Year 9

Year 9 Information Evening – Thursday 13th September 2018

Year 9 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 24th January 2019

Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 31st January 2019.

Miss Parris

Head of Year 9