Year 8

Our Year Team:

Head of Year: Miss R Shepherd

Assistant Head of Year: Miss M Nadeem

Form tutors:

8An1 - Miss A Benson
8An2 - Mrs K Jess
8Ce1 - Mrs S Ramsay
8Ce2 - Miss M Nadeem
8Ad1 - Miss N Darkowa
8Ad2 - Mr C Lopez and Ms D D’Costa
8Fr1 - Ms K Smith
8Fr2 - Miss M Efford

The pursuit of excellence is at the heart of Catholic education. Our students are nurtured to be the very best they can be in every way: in their learning, their spiritual selves, their moral nature and their physical well-being. Our students clearly understand what is expected of them in reflecting the high expectations and standards characteristic at St. Catherine’s.

We expect that they take a positive and purposeful approach to their lessons; that they are ‘Ready to Learn’. We also expect the rules that allow the community to live safely and harmoniously – the School Code – to be followed.

We expect all our girls to manifest the values and standards of the school and so to reflect our Mission Statement, most especially the Gospel values that we cherish and promote.

News and events

Welcome back!  I would like to congratulate all the students who achieved their expected level of progress or above in year 7 in all subjects. It is important that this is maintained throughout year 8 as it is the basis for future success.

Also I was very impressed by the efforts of the students who participated in sports day and those who offered their support from the sidelines. Many of them participated in other events in school and I urge all year 8s to take advantage of all opportunities to play sport, enter into quizzes or join clubs that are available in school. Make year 8 the year they start something new.  

It is important for the students to get back into the school routine. They need to be equipped for learning by packing their bags the night before and make sure they arrive at school/lessons on time.

By continuing the very positive effort begun in year 7, I am sure year 8 students will find this a rewarding and enriching year at St Catherine’s. This year, year 8 will be invited to be part of the PGL trip at the end of the year something we are very excited about, so watch this space for more information!

Study and support advice

The school library is open until 5 pm every evening, homework can be done here.

What can parents do to support students’ learning?

  • Monitor your daughter’s bedtime. They still need a lot of sleep and will find it hard to concentrate if they are tired.
  • Agree a regular time and place for your daughter to do her homework. Make sure that she is able to work without being disturbed whether in the dining room or a bedroom.  Talk to your daughter about her work and ask her questions.
  • Put a copy of the homework timetable in a key place such as on the fridge so that you (and she) can easily check it and know what to expect.
  • Check her planner to sign it every week but also to make sure homework has been written down and and encourage her to use www.showmyhomework.co.uk.
  • Check with your daughter to see if she has specific problem areas such as spellings; help test her or break it into smaller tasks.
  • Support your daughter by establishing clear routine.