Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome Year 8

Our students have been lucky and already transitioned from Year 7 to Year 8 before the Summer Holidays. This means they can start September already settled into their classes. For some, this is exciting, for others it may be a worry.

Mrs Smith, Mr Halafihi and I, as Support and Challenge Manager, are here to ensure that we support all of the students to further their success.

There may be times when things get difficult, where challenges are tough, when friendships break down or other difficulties arise. I, along with Mrs Smith, Mr Halafihi and your form tutors, are here to support through these challenges. This works best when we work in partnership with parents and carers.

This academic year is hugely important in terms of progress and achievement: GCSE Option subjects will be chosen in the New Year and started in June. For some of you these may have been subjects you have never done before. We are here to help you to identify the best possible choices to give you with widest range of options once you leave Beckfoot Thornton and later in life

We continue to have high expectations for this year group in terms of behaviour, contributions to the school community and achievement. I know Year 8 will rise to the challenge.

There are so many opportunities available to you here at Beckfoot Thornton.  Our electronic bulletin board will identify clubs, trips and opportunities available daily – these are a fantastic way of meeting new people and gaining new experiences.  School encourages students to develop themselves not only as academic students but as well-rounded, enthusiastic and inspired individuals.  As our school motto says , ‘Enjoy Learn Succeed’, I would encourage you all  to sign up and get involved in as much as possible.

I look forward to working with you all over the next academic year and would encourage you to get in touch with any member of the Year Team using the contact details below

Mrs K Hull

Year 8 Support and Challenge Manager


Key dates this term:

5th September (Wednesday) - First day back, straight to form rooms where planners will be reissued.


17th September (Monday) - HPV Injection 1 –girls only


27th September (Thursday) 5pm – 8pm Open Evening at school – a great opportunity for students to be guides or subject ambassadors whilst Year 6 children and their Parents/Carers look around school. Look out for more information on the electronic notice boards or let your subject teacher know you are willing to help.


19th October (Friday) - Last day of term. Enjoy October half term week!


29th October (Monday) - Back to school today


23rd November (Friday) - Training Day so Year 8 have the day off!


26th November Year 8 Assessment Week


18th December (Tuesday) Christmas show. Year 8 students have always performed brilliantly at these events. Make sure you either sign up to do an act or get tickets to come and see it – it is well worth it!


20th December (Thursday) Last day of term.


Date for your Calendar

Year 8 Parents Evening- THURSDAY 10th JANUARY 2019 


Year 8 Team:

Support & Challenge Manager – Mrs K Hull (KNH@beckfootthornton.org)


Assistant Support & Challenge Manager – Mrs A Smith (AMS@beckfootthornton.org)


Behaviour Worker – Mr V Halafihi (VNH@beckfootthornton.org)



8DR1           Mr J Fleming (JSF)

8DR2          Mr M Nasir (MHN)

8DR3          Mrs L Jones (LNJ)

8EL1           Ms K Illingworth (KAI)

8EL2           Ms S Preston (SHP) / Mrs B Athwal (BKA)

8EL3           Mr J Gowan (JHG)

8SA1          Mr A Kleczkowski (AXK)

8SA2          Mrs J Bibi (JB)

8SU1          Mr R Troughton (RTT)

8SU2          Mrs R White (RLW)