Key Academic Information - Year 9

2016 - 2017

Autumn Term

  • Half-term report home (grades only)
  • Parents’ meeting with Year 9 group tutors - final Wednesday before half-term
  • End of term report home

Spring Term

  • Discussions with Year 9 pupils about GCSE choices
  • Half-term report home
  • Presentation to Year 9 parents on ‘GCSE Options’ - final Friday before half-term
  • Parents’ meeting with Year 9 subject tutors - final day of term
  • GCSE Choices - ‘GCSE Options’ booklet and choices pro forma available. Pro forma to be submitted after the Easter holiday
  • End of term report home

Summer Term

  • Return of GCSE options pro forma - first week of term
  • Parents' Day - final day of the first half-term
  • End of year internal examinations - pre and post half-term break
  • End of term booklet report home
  • Text books to be returned to the issuing department by the end of term


1) Academic Trips, Visits, Exchanges and Fieldwork

A number of trips, visits, exchanges and fieldwork activities take place throughout Year 9 which support pupils’ academic studies. Where necessary, parents will be given as much notification as possible of the precise dates of these activities.

2) Summer term internal examinations

These internal examinations are an important opportunity for pupils and teachers to gauge levels of progress. Pupils are strongly advised to prepare for these internal examinations as fully as possible to ensure that they are in a position to perform to their potential.
Appropriate revision during the preceding half-term break is strongly advised to consolidate the work covered during the academic year. Parents are encouraged to make any holiday arrangements with this firmly in mind. The outcomes from these examinations will be one strand of evidence which will inform GCSE options and setting decisions in Year 10.

3) Reporting

Reports are sent home at the end of each term and at half-term in the autumn and spring terms. The report at the end of the summer term is a full booklet. The reports at the end of the autumn and spring terms are A4 summary sheets. The spring half-term summary reports will list grades and may include some subject tutor comments. Reporting sessions are used by group tutors and senior tutors to closely monitor pupil performance and progress. Parents are contacted as appropriate following reporting sessions if a pupil is not meeting academic expectations.

4) Year 9 Programme

As part of the Year 9 programme, pupils will be involved in a series of activities and trips throughout the year:

 Monday 05 SeptemberInduction Day
 Saturday 10 SeptemberHeadmaster’s BBQ
 Sunday 11 SeptemberSandcastle Competition, Weston-super-Mare
 Sat. 17 - Sun. 18 SeptemberOutdoor Education Camp 1
 Sat. 01 - Sun. 02 OctoberOutdoor Education Camp 2
 Tuesday 18 OctoberHouse Song
 Wednesday 19 OctoberConcert and Group Tutor Meetings
 Saturday 5 NovemberYear 9 Social Event
 Sunday 13 NovemberRemembrance Sunday
 Monday 14 NovemberChapel Assembly
 Tuesday 22 NovemberChoral Service, Wells Cathedral
 Friday 25 NovemberCo-curricular Evening
 Thursday 1 DecemberCarol Service
 Monday 5 DecemberBoys' Touch Rugby and Girls' Hockey
 Thursday 8 DecemberCelebration of Music at Millfield

Parents will be advised of further activities/dates upon confirmation.