Pastoral Care Years 9 & 10

Mr Phil Ward

p.ward@testwood.hants.sch.uk

I am currently in my 12th year of teaching at Testwood Sports College. I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire and then moved to Southampton for my teaching degree. I consider Testwood Sports College a fantastic place for young people to grow into caring, honest and hardworking members of the community.

Year 9 and 10 are pivotal stages of our students learning journey as they are now experienced members of the school and they work towards and through the GCSE Option process and then begin these courses in Year 10. We pride ourselves by providing the academic and emotional support; and direction, needed for these important decisions as they will influence the future life opportunities of our students.

Year 9 Overview

Year 9 is an exciting year for our students at Testwood Sports College, as it challenges students to make decisions about their future with the options process. The year also continues to encourage students to make the most of the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities available and builds on the leadership opportunities started in Year 8.

Within the classroom students are reaching their last year of Key Stage 3 and are continuously challenged, encouraged and supported to enable them to make the expected progress and to reach their targets.

The options process enables students to discover and decide which GCSE subjects they wish to follow during Years 10 and 11. A comprehensive, guided and supported options programme is in place for all students and courses are available to suit all of our students. Information Evenings, taster days, leaflets and interviews give students and parents several opportunities to discuss and make what is a difficult but extremely important decision.

Our focus during the year is ‘the decisions you make are key to your future.’

Year 10 Overview

Options have been taken and now it’s time to start working towards the GCSE examinations. In Year 10 students will start preparing and writing controlled assessments, revising and sitting mock examinations in order to make the best possible start to their GCSE courses. The students are now in the upper school stages of their Testwood lives and other opportunities will be placed in front of them, if taken, all will help the development of the individual. There will be sports captains, young ambassadors, Rock Challenge leaders and most notably the chance to apply to become prefects, senior prefects and Head Boy and Head Girl.

‘Focus, work hard, your GCSEs now start.’

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