Welcome to Year 8. You have returned this year as the role models for the younger students in year 7 to follow. My challenge to you is to become the year group that is held with the highest regard amongst the whole school. The expectations on you are high and I will work with you and support you in order to realise your potential. I also challenge you to take advantage of the vast opportunities outside of the classroom and give yourself a wider school experience. I want to create a celebratory feel in my assemblies and I urge and encourage you to tell me of your achievements and I will share with the year group. If one of us achieves then we all respect and celebrate your achievements together as one.
This is a very defining year in your education as we prepare to be ‘key stage 4 ready’. After the Autumn term you will be given the huge privilege of selecting the subjects you wish to study at GCSE. You must choose very carefully, you must choose subjects that set you up for your individual future plans and that it is a subject that you enjoy. You motivation and desire to succeed is heightened with something you enjoy. You have a huge team around you to support and to question. You can seek advice from teachers, subject leaders, tutors and of course the Pastoral Team.
The expectations of you are know heightened, You know the schools routines and what it means to be a Warden Park student. Wear your uniform and badge with pride. Be proud of the school you attend and the person you are. You should now be fully equipped and prepared for all lessons, smartly dressed at all times and on time to all lessons. Behaviour will be tracked on our Go 4 Schools systems. The expectation is that your behaviour is impeccable at all times. It will give me huge delight to see the students achieving the most green points of the day, the week and the half term. Which ten students will end up with the most positive points this year?
Your parents will receive information home from your teachers once every half-term informing them of your progress and using our new Character For Learning criteria. Rewards will be issued for those who are succeeding and interventions in place for those who need support. The Year 8 team will examine all the data extremely carefully.
Lastly, your final challenge is to be in school every day. You will give yourself every possible advantage to succeed and achieve being in school, in front of the class teacher every single day. Your attendance is vitally important to your studies and success in them but also to build your resilience and determination. Being committed to being in school every day says a lot about you as a character that success can be built upon.
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Mr Corke, Head of Year