Hello and Welcome

(L-R, Mr Walmsley, Mrs Barraclough, Mrs Beavers)

Hello again Year 9 students, Parents/Carers.

It’s nearly Christmas!


We have recently been celebrating some great achievements in Year 9. From boxing performances to presentations in front of students from other schools. We have also started to acknowledge tutor groups weekly in assembly for highest form attendance, highest number of achievement points and highest “Active Learners” on Sam Learning.


Whilst I am on the subject of Sam Learning I would like to just highlight to parents and students that homework is being set daily for students now and we expect students to meet the deadlines for every subject every week. If you are unaware of the process or your child is struggling to log on please get in touch with their Form Teacher (their email addresses can be found below).


Students involved in the Brilliant Club have been to an information and guidance day this month and will be feeding back to the year group the things they have learnt soon. We hope to inspire students at our school to recognise their potential and aspire to attend university and even highly selective universities like Oxford. If you watch BBC Look North you may even see students being interviewed or taking part in the activities from the day.


Don’t let your children forget that there are many ongoing sports, art, music events that students can access – students need to be proactive and find out for themselves what is available – there are posters up around school. Looking forward now and there are a number of exciting new events and clubs coming up too. The lego Club is starting on the 15th November and will be every Thursday lunchtime with all year 9 invited! Another new club called iDEA has also just started. iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through their series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd. More information can be found at https://idea.org.uk/


Sports Leaders is up and running for Year 9 now and already students have helped at events and supported younger children to have a positive experience whist playing sport by leading them confidently.


Finally, I want to mention Buckden House again. Eligible students have received an invitation. 60 students will spend 2 nights at Buckden House before Christmas. There will be team building, outdoor activities, caving and leadership opportunities to take part in whilst there.


Apologies for writing so much AGAIN…..I could write more but will leave it for the next update in December!


Key dates, staff information and the initial Year 9 blurb can be found below.


Mrs R Beavers

Year 9 Support and Challenge Manager


Key dates this term:


23rd November (Friday) Training Day so Year 9 have the day off!


5th – 7th December Residential to Buckden House (invitation only)


12th – 14th December Residential to Buckden House (invitation only)


18th December (Tuesday) Christmas show. Year 9 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. No time to relax though as Year 9 assessments start on the 14th January so revision timetables need drawing up and sticking to….make sure you build in a lot of time for fun and relaxing as well!


7th January (Monday) First day back at school. We hope you are well rested and ready for the assessment week next week!


Week commencing 14th January Year 9 Assessment Week – various subjects will be holding assessments in lesson time this week. These will be marked and fed back to students in the next 2 weeks.



Year 9 Team:


Support & Challenge Manager – Mrs R Beavers (RYB@beckfootthornton.org)


Assistant Support & Challenge Manager – Mrs K Barraclough (KNB@beckfootthornton.org)


Behaviour Worker – Mr Walmsley (IWA@beckfootthornton.org)



9DR1           R Duchovny (RND@beckfootthornton.org)

9DR2          K Sykes (KYS@beckfootthornton.org)

9DR3          R Pattinson (RAP@beckfootthornton.org)

9EL1           A Shah (AHS@beckfootthornton.org)

9EL2           G Walker (GLW@beckfootthornton.org)

9EL3           S Buddle (SJB@beckfootthornton.org) and E Linacre (EAL@beckfootthornton.org)

9SA1          P Garside (PAG@beckfootthornton.org)

9SA2          J Smallwood (JUS@beckfootthornton.org) and K Parkin (KEP@beckfootthornton.org)

9SU1          K Sykes (KES@beckfootthornton.org)

9SU2          I Degha (ILD@beckfootthornton.org)