Student Support – Year 8
By Year 8, our students are familiar with the routines and organisation of secondary school life and are able to get off to a flying start. In our experience they also really enjoy not being the youngest, and we rely on them to support our Year 7s as they settle into their new school.
Please support students in becoming more independent, encourage them to take responsibility planning their homework and remembering their equipment and P.E kit so they can learn to organise themselves. It’s great preparation for later in the school when self-management becomes more critical.
Year 8 is when students build and extend what has been established in Year 7, working hard towards their option choices at the end of K.S.3. D.C.H.S has an extensive range of opportunities open to our students and every student is encouraged to participate in a variety of activities outside the curriculum.
The priorities for the year are:
Resources & Help
It’s possible that, for some Year 8 students, the novelty might have worn off slightly, and so it’s important to encourage them to stay engaged and continue to throw themselves into all aspects of D.C.H.S life.
Year 8 is also typically the year when friendships undergo some changes; groups that were established in the students’ first months at the school often dissolve and reform around this time, which some students find difficult to manage. If your child is unhappy or you have concerns about their relationships, please do speak to their form tutor; we want to know, so that we can help.
More generally, if you’re concerned about your child’s anxiety levels or emotional wellbeing, you might find the Young Minds website a useful source of information – but again, speak to us too.
Year 8 Form Tutors
Miss L McCarthy
Mrs K Burns
Mr J Towers
Mrs N Bettany
Mrs S Bowden
Miss A Guillen
Mr A Hall
Mr C Adams
Mrs S Turvey; Head of Standards
Mr T Hillman; Assistant Headteacher