Year 8


Welcome to the Year 8 section of the school website.

Year 8 Pastoral Team

The Year 8 team is led by the Raising Standards Lead Mr Dye and Assistant Principal Mrs Bayar. The year group is divided up into seven Tutor Groups, each one led by a Form Tutor.

Every pupil is also a member of one of the four Hurstmere 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.

Form Tutors

Caxton X             Mr Parkinson

Caxton Y             Mr Watson

Chaucer X           Ms Nunes (co-Tutor: Mr Wright)

Cobham X           Mr Cottrell

Cobham Y           Miss Sporidis 

Sidney X             Mr. Williams 

Sidney Y             Miss Whiteland

Every member of the team can be contacted via the main school office

 on : 0208 300 5665


During form time the pupils will be following the programme below:

Monday: Organisation and Pastoral Monitoring 

Tuesday: Character Education 

Wednesday: DEAL (Reading)

Thursday: Assembly 

Friday: Week A: Current Affairs Week B: Careers 


 Our Core Values

At Hurstmere, we will be looking to instil the following core values:


• Teamwork

• Ambition

• Integrity

• Leadership

• Respect

• Resilience

Your son will need to show all of these as he makes his way through years 8-11


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 and Place to be. We are eager to help our pupils 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. Remember “if we don’t know about it, we can’t help you deal with it.” If your son feels uncomfortable talking to someone in person, he can email 


Achievement and Rewards

Pupil achievements are recognised and rewarded in several ways in Year 8. In order to consistently reward students, we use SIMS to reward pupils with ‘House Points' for excellent effort and work. Each week the top ten pupils will receive a reward postcard from the Raising Standard Lead 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. 


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 teams. To make the most of his studies at home a revision timetable should be created. There should be a good balance between academic studies and free time.

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.


At the end of year 7, I had the pleasure of taking a 107 pupils to Mersea Island where they all had an excellent time. 


Important events for Year 8 

Parent Information Evening: 7/9/23

Parents Evening: 24/9/23 


Mr. Dye

Raising Standard Lead year 8 

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