Dr E Riley
Dear Year 9,
This year, you embark upon a challenging and exciting phase in your education.
The challenge and excitement lie in the fact that this is a year of choices. In the vast majority of subjects you will commence GCSE level study during the course of this academic year. This will be a test of your determination, diligence and resilience but it will also be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your abilities and to delve more deeply and rigorously into the subjects that you love and care about. I ask, that you continue to work to the very best of your ability in all subject areas so that you can identify where your true aptitudes lie and also discover which subjects you enjoy most – you might surprise yourself!
Later in the year, you will be asked to make decisions about which subjects you would like to continue for GCSE. Some of those decisions will be made for you: we ensure that you continue with core subjects so that your education is balanced and attractive to universities and employers. Nevertheless, for the first time, you will have a say in the content of your education as you choose your options subjects. When the time comes, I urge you to seek advice: from subject teachers, from myself and other pastoral staff and from your parents. Having garnered that advice, it is important that you make your own subject choices because you will have to attend lessons and complete work in that subject for two years and it is your ultimate success that depends on your ability to study hard and with enthusiasm over that time.
Outside the classroom, I would urge you to continue to take part in your co-curricular activities whilst also challenging yourself to try something new. Make it your 2020-21 resolution to join a different club or learn a new skill. Perhaps consider running a club for your friends and other pupils in Key Stage 3. This will develop your organisational and leadership skills and provide you with an outlet to take part in something that you are interested in, outside of academic learning.
Do not be over-awed by the thought of all that Year 9 offers, you are on the edge of very exciting times in your education. Consequently, I wish you a happy and successful year and I look forward to supporting you in all that you do.
As a note to parents if you have any queries or concerns I can be best reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively contact me via the main switchboard.
Dr E Riley
Head of Year 9
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