Year 9

Year 9 students have made a positive start to the academic year, returning to school with a hunger to learn and achieve.

They understand the impact of good attendance on their learning and we support students in improving their attendance when they face challenges. We celebrate great attendance in assembly each week, along with other achievements and successes. Each term we reward students who have maintained good attendance and those who have improved.

Our expectations of the year group are to show excellent attitudes in all lessons. These expectations go beyond having a growth mind set to learning. Our students will be resilient, hardworking and passionate about achieving academic success. They understand that a key part of this is the completion of homework and encourages independent learning. Students record their homework in their school planners and we encourage parents to check their planners and support their learning.

We hope that at some point this year, Year 9 students will have the opportunity to broaden their experiences with extra-curricular activities (subject to COVID guidance). They have always been keen attenders at our extra-curricular activities, many representing the school in sports and academic competition. We aim to have all students participate in at least one activity. It is a great way to make new friends, try something new or develop an existing talent. This is particularly relevant for Year 9 as they start to develop skills that will support their future education and career choices.

Ten of our students have been voted as prefects by their peers. Our prefects act as a voice for their fellow students supporting others on issues such as bullying, rewards and attendance. They work proactively with staff in improving the school.

This year students will choose some of the subjects they would like to study at GCSE. We will be guiding students and parents through this. Students have already started thinking about their futures during Careers Week.

If parents have any concerns or questions your first port of call should be to communicate with your child’s form tutor via their planner.

Please check planners at least once per week for any key messages, teachers may contact you through the comments section. You can also check any homework or revision tasks set by your child’s teachers.

Should you wish to speak with a member of the pastoral team for Year 9 please see the information below.

Pastoral Manager for Year 9 – Mrs Kelly Baker – kmb@buttershaw.net

Assistant Head of Year for Year 9 (Attendance) Miss Michelle Clark – mlc@buttershaw.net

Head of Year 9 – Mrs Carolyn Carr – cmc@buttershaw.net