First Year (Year 9)

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All First Year pupils follow a common curriculum as well as selecting three additional "Options" subjects.

It is our aim that a pupil joining our First Year will be able to build on already-existing passions, whilst also finding new pathways to explore.

The programme sees all pupils taking a wide range of subjects while also allowing for a considerable amount of choice.

Pupils who excel in particular areas - MusicDanceArt - are able to focus intensely upon these areas. For others, there is the opportunity to take a greater number of academic subjects. 

The majority of lessons are comprised of wide-based introductory courses that centre on the acquisition of skills necessary for GCSE, IGCSE and BTEC courses to be followed in the Fifth Form (Years 10 and 11).

In addition to the academic curriculum, all pupils join in the School's extensive Co-Curricular programme, which offers a wide range of sporting and cultural opportunities.

During the first term, all First Year pupils also take part in team building sessions as well as an Outdoor Pursuits week based in the Peak District.

The 'OP' week is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and develop essential life skills, and further information related to that trip will be submitted to parents nearer the time.

During the second term, with the help of their Personal Tutors, students then select subjects to be studied at GCSE.

Liam Backler
My role involves identifying an individual's strengths and weakness and providing them with the guidance and support they need to flourish.

Liam Backler, Head of First Year and Teacher of Learning Enhancement

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    Max Mason, First Year Interviewed in 2016
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    Joe Billings, First Year Interviewed in 2013
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    My teachers won't let me give up. They always challenge me and will help by giving me extra lessons one-to-one.

    Ivan Friedman, First Year Interviewed in 2012
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