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year 9

Hello, I am Miss Jackson, Head of Year 9. It is a fantastic privilege to be Head of Year and have the opportunity to work with so many talented and enthusiastic students. I am proud to be part of our school community and to know that students leave Fortismere ready to go out into the world capable and well-prepared for their lives. I believe the pastoral care role is vital in transforming students’ lives during the time they are with us, I have worked at Fortismere for 16 years and teach PE, PSHE and Health and Social Care, also sometimes Maths. In my time at Fortismere I have had many roles including being Head of College and being in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh award!

Who are year 9?

Year 9 as a cohort are an enthusiastic, passionate and lively year group They have a strong interest in local and national policy and love the opportunity to debate current affairs. We have a fantastic tutor team who incredibly dedicated to their students; 9KM – Ms Mangan, 9CC - Ms Coles, 9TA –Mr Adebayo, 9KF – Ms Fox and Ms Doulany, 9EJ – Mr Jefferies, 9PH –Mr Hearty, 9HL – Mr Li, 9TG –Ms Gill, 9RW – Mr Wooley, 9VB – Ms Bhambra. The tutor team have an invaluable role in promoting our Fortismere Four values ‘Ready, Respectful, Kind and Safe’ and to support students on their journey, having high expectations and aspirations which help them to reach their full potential.

Year 9 – an exciting year for our students

Year 9 is a significant year for our students as it the year when students transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 and start to make decisions about their futures. This year students will be guided through the options process and will be given the choice to choose subjects they currently study as well as subjects that may be new to them. We are very lucky at Fortismere to have such a varied and rich curriculum which caters for all of our students. Most students find it difficult to only pick 4 subjects as there is so much on offer. Students will be given lots of information about these subjects and are also able to make an appointment to see our careers advisor for additional support.

Attendance

There is a significant link between attendance and academic success and the more time you spend in school the more likely you are to reach your potential. Your tutors, Deputy Head of Year and I will work together to support you and  your families with this.

 Recognition of success

A huge emphasis is placed on celebrating success in the year group. As well as receiving positive points we will have regular celebration assemblies which will praise students’ hard work and dedication to the school and their studies. We always want to know as much as we can about our students and will celebrate success from both in and outside of school, so if you’ve done something amazing please let us know, so we can celebrate your achievements!