In Years 8 and 9 students continue to study the same broad range of subjects. In addition, some students will start to learn a second language: German. Students studying a single modern foreign language will increase the number of lessons per fortnight dedicated to French whilst also receiving two additional lessons of English. These sets will complete the Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education in French by the end of Year 9.
Independent setting is introduced for modern foreign languages, science, computing and mathematics and English at the start of Year 8 on the basis of performance during Year 7. Other subjects continue to be taught in mixed ability classes. History and Geography are blocked in Years 8 and 9 and so have the freedom to set students as desired. Our current model is for a lower ability group to be created in both X and Y bands leaving three other equivalent ‘mixed ability’ groups.
Based on prior attainment, students are set from 1-5 on both X and Y halves of the year,
|Students in sets 1-3 will have 6 lessons of English over a 2 week timetable and take French and German; students in sets 4 and 5 will have 8 lessons over a 2 week timetable and take French.|
Based on prior attainment, students are set from 1-5 on both X and Y halves of the year
Students in sets 1-3 are being prepared to study the Higher tier paper at the end of Year 11, with ultimate goal that all students achieve a grade 5 or higher.
Students in sets 4 and 5 are being prepared to sit the Foundation paper at the end of Year 11, with the ultimate goal that they achiee a grade 4 or 5
The banding format used in year 7 is maintained in science with 3 upper and 2 lower band groups on each half of the year.
Upper band groups:8XDa 8XCu 8XMe, 8YGa, 8YFr, 8YNe.
Lower band groups: 8XFo 8XEi, 8YLe 8YHu.
|Computer Science sets are aligned to science sets and will be exactly the same.|
|Humanities||Students are in mixed attainment groups, the same for all the humanities subjects: History, Geography & REP|
|MFL||Students' setting here is alligned to their English set|
|Technology / Arts||Mixed attainment rotations|
|Enrichment||Students will cover a range of different topics including Finance, public Speaking, Study Skills & Cultural Capital.|
|PE||Single sex groups based on prior attainment|
A special feature of Year 8 is the ‘student reception’. Every student in the year group takes a turn to work with Student Support for a day. They undertake a range of tasks from talking to guests and showing them around the College to visiting lessons to assist with urgent messages and deliveries. This is a very successful and popular aspect of community service that gives students an opportunity both to understand more about how their College works and to show they can play a responsible part in contributing to it.
Under the leadership of the year 8 Student Council they prepare and run their own Christmas Fair to include stalls with games, devised by the students, and sell homemade cakes and biscuits. All funds raised go to a charity nominated by the students.
PSHE in year 8 covers a range of topics under the headings of healthy relationships, active and healthy lifestyle, drugs and alcohol, careers and rights and responsibilities. Student will also take part in interhouse days. These will involve a range of different competitions across different subjects to win points for houses.
Extra-curricular activities open to students in year 8 include sports, dance, drama and music.
Students can also apply for a place to take part in a number of activities, taking place at the end of the year, including residential trips such as The Bushcraft company which is an outdoor adventures centre in Northamptonshire and a ‘Taste of Europe’ residential in Belgium and Holland. There are also a range of school based special activities running at this time which are open to all Year 8 students. These currently include a specialist led workshop with a visiting artist, dance, art, cookery, music and a cultural visit to a nearby town or city.