Key Stage 3

Head of Year 7
Mrs Ryding

The move from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time in a student's academic career and the only requirement for our new intake is that they arrive with a positive attitude and a passion for learning. Our dedicated team of staff will provide the necessary mix of support, guidance and expertise required to help students settle in.

There are many opportunities for students to bond with their peers. Induction days, curriculum days and the October team building event incorporate a whole host of activities designed to make students feel at ease with their new environment. We also encourage all Year 7 students to join the range of clubs that we have on offer, both at lunchtime and after school. There are activities to suit all tastes.

Each Year 7 student will be allocated to a form group which meet every morning and is a valuable part of the school day, the form head will be their first point of contact for pastoral issues. Each form group will elect a school council representative who will consult the group on current issues and present their ideas and findings at a full school council meeting.

Our students are required to have respect for themselves and each other and there is an expectation that all members of our community are treated with consideration it is important that every student can thrive, while feeling safe and secure in their environment. The year group is one which we have high standards and expectations for all, where students can succeed both academically and socially.


Head of Year 8
Mr Baillie

Year 8 is a very important year, the curriculum develops from Year 7 and students will be placed in sets for their core subjects. We support students in becoming more independent learners in their lessons, by mentoring and through the school Talented and Gifted students programme. Social issues are addressed through citizenship lessons and curriculum weeks to ensure that students understand their role in both the school and local community.

There are a wide range of extracurricular activities and opportunities for Year 8 students including starting the John Muir Award, languages trips to France and Austria, ski trips and Multi sport and Careers activity weeks. Many of the Year 8 students play or participate in successful school teams and take part in drama and music activities.


Head of Year 9
Mrs Morrissey

Miss Wood is currently on maternity leave and the post is being covered by Mrs Morrissey in her absence.
In Year 9 students need to start making decisions about which subjects they would like to study in Key Stage 4. Students are provided with an excellent level of support to ensure that they are able to make the best possible decisions; this includes a series of careers based lessons in citizenship using U-Explore, a careers roadshow where students get to speak to Year 11 students about the different subjects available at GCSE, and an options advice evening where students and parents receive information about GCSE options and the EBacc. During Year 9, students also begin the GCSE programme of study in biology, chemistry and physics.

Students in Year 9 are encouraged to take part in a range of extracurricular activities but also benefit from a wide range of trips and activities that include: a lake walk around Derwentwater and conservation day, which contribute towards them completing the John Muir Award, Further Education Days and Battlefields trip.


Get in touch.

Vicarage Hill
CA12 5QB

017687 72605