The Year 8 team is led by Mr Morgan, KS3 Pupil Progress Co-ordinator. There are seven Key Stage 3 Form Tutors; Mr Morgan, Miss Mason, Ms Chapman, Mr Pottinger, Mrs Odrich-Damallie, Miss Dobson and Mrs McLean.
At the start of the year your child will receive their Planner and Timetable. You may wish to take a copy of the timetable and pin it up somewhere at home to help your child’s organisation and ensure that they have the correct equipment for school each day. We hope the planner will help the students to manage themselves efficiently and will facilitate communication between parents, pupils and teachers. All homework set must be recorded in the planner. We would greatly appreciate your support in checking your child’s planner each week and then confirming this by signing in the space provided over the weekend. Tutors check and sign every tutee’s planner on a Monday morning. The planner is also used to communicate achievement or concern (both ways) so that we are all kept informed on the development of your child. Please note that if a planner is defaced or lost, it will have to be replaced and this will incur a charge.
Please consult the Parents’ Handbook for full information on absence procedures, uniform and school equipment. It is intended to provide as much support for parents as possible. If you require a copy please contact the school office.
We believe that homework is an integral part of your child’s education and we encourage students to take responsibility for their own homework programme. Tasks are designed for all abilities and we expect homework deadlines to be met. Students should ensure that they have a suitable folder (e.g. a concertina file) in which they can store homework task sheets, letters etc. If no homework has been set in a particular subject, your child should use the time for reading and independent study. A variety of Key Stage Three materials are available in all good book shops and there are a vast number of excellent educational websites referenced on the school website to support your child’s development. If your child is unable to complete his/her homework for any reason, please write a letter to the teacher concerned, or note providing an explanation in his/her planner.
Equipment and Uniform
At Ralph Sadleir School, we expect all children to come to school in a manner that allows them to learn. Students must ensure that they have a suitable bag for school books and the correct equipment with them every day. Students must check that they have the correct books for their lessons and that they are dressed in the correct school uniform. This includes smart black shoes and a sensible hair style. Jewellery must be kept to a minimum. Further details on the school uniform can be found in your child’s planner. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be punished according to our consequences system.
Blue ink fountain pen / Handwriting pen (with spare ink cartridges)
Red ink pen (biro is acceptable)
2B pencil (for Art lessons)
In addition, students will need items such as a pair of compasses, protractor and calculator for Maths. Please note that tippex is not permitted in school. Please remember that all items of uniform and equipment should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
To ensure that standards remain high in Year 8, your child’s Tutor will carry out regular checks on equipment, uniform and jewellery, in addition to the weekly check on planners.
There are many links between attending school and making progress and so we expect that holidays are not booked during term-time. However, if a period of absence is necessary due to illness, we would like to remind all parents of the importance of contacting the school office on the first morning of absence.
Mobile phones are not permitted on the school site without prior permission. If mobile phones are seen during school time, they will be confiscated and placed in the safe, pending collection by parents. If you wish for your child to bring a mobile phone to school for security reasons, then they can be left at the school office for safe keeping during the day.
Unfortunately, some children may experience problems during their time in Year 8. If this happens, please contact your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance. As they see the children each week day, they are best placed to deal with problems as they arise. Contact can be made via the planner, email or a telephone call via the office.
If you have any further questions about life in Year 8 at Ralph Sadleir School, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Morgan.