The Lower School - Years 8 and 9

The Lower School covers Years 8 and 9. These sometimes feel like “in between” years for students, with none of the excitement of starting a new school, and none of the challenge of doing those public exam courses. In our view though, nothing could be further from the truth. These are the years when students lay the foundations for later success at Fitzharrys.

In Years 8 and 9 we are aiming first and foremost to develop students’ learning across the full range of subjects they started in year 7. We also want to enable students to take on greater responsibility for how our school runs and provide a number of opportunities for this to happen. This is also the time when students’ thoughts will turn more to the future, not just in the Upper School but perhaps in the sixth form and beyond. Towards the end of students’ time in the Lower school they make option choices. They will of course continue to study two GCSEs in English, 2 GCSEs in Mathematics and at least two GCSEs in Science alongside PE and Philosophy and Ethics, and are able to choose four other subjects from the wide range on offer.

This is an exciting time for students, and they will be ably guided by the Lower School Team.

Students in Years 8 and 9 study a wide range of subjects. English, maths and science form the core, supplemented with art, drama, music, physical education, history, geography, philosophy and ethics, information technology/computing, design and technology, French and Spanish. Time allocations in hours for these subjects over the two week timetable are set out below:

 

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Art

3

3

3

Drama

2

2

2

English

6

6

6

French

4

3

3

Geography

3

3

3

History

3

3

3

IT

2

2

2

Mathematics

6

6

6

Music

2

2

2

PE

4

4

4

PSHE

1

1

1

RS

2

2

2

Science

6

6

6

Spanish

1

3

3

Technology

5

4

4

 

Personal study is set according to the timetable.

Our Buddy scheme gives Year 8 students a chance to take on responsibility and play a significant role in the school. In the summer term of year 7 we recruit a team of “Buddies” to support our new Year 7 students. Students apply for the role and about 40 are accepted. They then receive training, a certificate of completion and a badge. Once trained the buddies visit primary schools in term 6 to meet children who will be starting with us in the following year. In September buddies are then attached to the new Year 7 tutor groups to help the students settle in and make a positive, confident start.

Another way in which Year 8 students take on responsibility is through reception duty. Every day throughout the year there are two student receptionists, and these are provided by students in year 8 on a rota. Receptionists are always set work for the classes they would have on that day, but they are stationed in our main reception, ready to assist in the many varied tasks that arrive at school reception, whether that is showing visitors around, or delivering a forgotten lunch-box to a student.

The Lower School is a crucial time for each student to develop as an individual, grow in confidence and unearth new skills. With a number of trips, productions and other opportunities, Years 8 and 9 really help to put LEARN into action.

 

years 8 and 9 contacts 

Mrs T Clark - Head of Lower School (Year 7 and 8)

Mrs T Jarvis - Head of Upper School (and Year 9 2017/18)

8F - Mr T Bhatti
8I - Miss H Pharoah
8Z - Mrs R Harris
8H - Mrs M Lancaster

9F - Mrs C Kaiser
9I - Mrs K Amos
9Z - Miss A Twyford
9H - Miss K Brooke Bullard

Revision documents 

Please see below specific revision documents for Lower School: