Supporting your child in Year 9
By Year 9, your child should be well on the way to independence, both in terms of learning and self-management. It’s important that they are able to take responsibility for themselves and learn from their mistakes, and this is something parents can really help them with. We too will be encouraging a heightened sense of responsibility in our Year 9s, who are the senior students at our lower school.
We also recognise that, by Year 9, the issues they may be facing become more serious. So we offer a number of workshops and sessions to help them navigate aspects of teenage life such as drug awareness, stress management and safer use of social media and the internet. We will let you know when these are taking place, as they can be a useful trigger for your own conversations about these issues; however awkward you may find it, it’s always good to talk.
From a learning perspective, Year 9 students will be need to be thinking about their Year 10 options towards the middle of the year as they build their final GCSE portfolio. If they need any help deciding which courses to pursue, you could suggest that they speak to their class teachers; we will also invite you and your child to a GCSE choices evening before final decisions have to be made.
As a family, you might also find it useful to familiarise yourselves with the changes to the GCSE grading system; you can find a bit more about it on the government’s website Please also reassure them that as long as they do their best, and work hard, they will achieve what they deserve.