Student Support – Year 9

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
– Anne Frank

Welcome to Year 9!

Your child is well on their way to becoming a more independent and responsible individual – the start of their third year with us here at the D.C.H.S. We look to our Year 9 children to act as role-models for our younger students and to be ready and excited by their next challenge with a clear sense of the learning, skills and attributes necessary to be successful during their examination years and beyond.

This is an important year for our students, as they begin the initial stages of their journey towards successful G.C.S.E. examinations. Year 9 is an exciting time to think about the subjects that your children want to study further in Years 10 and 11, whilst focussing on all subjects that they continue to study. To think that they will be able to, for the first time, make some real choices about subjects that are relevant to them – now and in the future. Our school will give your child information and guidance about subject choices, and you will also be invited to an Options Information Evening in January where an overview of the process will be given and you will have the opportunity to discuss possible option choices with subject staff.

During Year 9 a heightened sense of responsibility will be encouraged with the children, who are now entering into what is essentially their senior year of the lower school. We are looking to offer a variety of leadership roles, including continuing with the buddying of our younger children in school and becoming a school prefect. Furthermore, we will be looking at ways to follow on from our charity work in Year 8 by looking at supporting our community as this will help to prepare our students to take their place in society as responsible citizens.

I look forward to continuing to work with you and your children in Year 9 and seeing you at the Supporting your Child evening in September.

Resources & Help

Some of these sites may be included elsewhere but I have:

Alcoholics anonymous
Call the National Helpline FREE on 0800 9177 650

C.E.O.P. (to report on-line abuse)

Call free on: 0800 1111

Children and Young People’s Intensive Community Treatment Service (I.C.T.S.)
Telephone: 01670 798 265

Cramlington NSEC
0344 811 8111

C.Y.P.S. (Children and Young People’s Service)
Telephone: 01670 798 265

Domestic Violence
Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services
Supporting anyone affected by domestic abuse in Northumberland
Call 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday 01434 608030

Drugs and alcohol advice
Sorted Young Peoples Drug & Alcohol Services Northumberland Adolescent Service Northumbria House Cramlington NE23 6UR Tel: 01670 536400

E-safety advice and information

MIND – the mental health charity – help for mental health

Northumberland Children’s Services
01670 536400 during office hours, or 0345 6005252 out of hours

N.S.P.C.C. for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

Websites that will help your future career:

National Careers Service website

National Apprenticeships website:


Mrs Karen Hopper; Head of Standards Year 9
Miss Susan Green
Mr Alisdair Ritchie
Mr Alistair Smith
Mr Robbie Best
Mr Chris Routledge/Mr Keith Broughton
Miss Amy Sidebotham
Mrs Linzi Brown
Mrs Rebecca Gustard
Mr Jonathan Ridley