Year 8

Homepage for Year 8.

Year 8 is an essential year in any child’s development as this is a time when pupils really develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across all of their subjects. This is also the year when pupils begin to gain a deeper sense of their interests and passions ahead of choosing their options in Year 9.  

Some changes to classes will also take place in Year 8. Having largely been taught in tutor groups in Year 7, from the beginning of Year 8 pupils will be in sets for English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education and Languages. Whichever set a pupil is in for English, they will also be in the same set for Religious Education and Languages. Whichever set a pupil is in for Maths, they will also be in the same set for Science. 

The school has worked hard to ensure that pupils in Year 8 continue to access a broad, balanced, ambitious and exciting curriculum ahead of their options year in Year 9. 

See below for upcoming key dates for Year 8 for this year:

Year 8 Parents’ EveningMonday 29th April
End of Year Exams: 3 WeeksMonday 3rd June
Activities WeekMonday 15th July

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Updated | 18th January, 2024 |

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