Year 9

Our Year Team

Head of Year: Miss K Monin

Assistant Head of Year: Ms J. Holbrook

Form Leaders:  

​​9An1 – Mr Nketiah
9An2 – Mrs Cato-Sargeant
9Ce1 – Mrs M Benson
9Ce2 – Mrs Pain
9Ad1 – Miss Ogunkoya
9Ad2 – Miss Allen
9Fr1 – Miss Scott
9Fr2 – Mr Considine

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

I would like to congratulate all the students who achieved their expected level of progress or above in year 8 in all subjects. It is important that this is maintained throughout year 9 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 side-lines. Many of them participated in other events in school and I urge all year 9s to take advantage of all opportunities to play sport, enter into quizzes or join clubs that are available in school. The science department will be running a STEM club and already dedicated Year 9 students have signed up.

We have started the New Year with a ‘bang’ with the visit to Kingswood where the students worked really hard in their house groups and completed team building activities. It was brilliant to see all the girls working together and some student’s overcoming their fears, such as heights with the rock climbing.

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.

Important Dates

  • Parents’ Evening Tuesday 23rd January
  • Key Stage 4 Choices Evening February
  • Summer Exams April and May

Study Support and Advice

This is a very important year for the Year 9 students, as they embark upon their final year in Key Stage 3 and make decisions about their Key Stage 4 options it is important that we support and encourage them to remain organised and focused.

  • Monitor your daughter's bedtime. As they grow older your daughter's will tell you that they should be allowed to stay up later but they still need a lot of sleep. Students who are tired find it difficult to concentrate and remain focused.
  • Agree a regular time for your daughter to do her Home Learning so that she has a routine. Ensure that she has a space to do this, whether that is in bedroom or at the kitchen or dining room table. Talk to your daughter about her work and ask her questions to show that you are interested.
  • Put a copy of her Home Learning timetable on the fridge so that you know what she should be expecting. Check her planner regularly and to ensure that Home Learning has been written down.
  • If you know there are areas that your daughter needs to make further progress in then find a way to support her with this e.g. if she has problems with spelling or subject specific vocabulary, put key words on the fridge or cupboard doors so that she can be reminded about them as she walks through the kitchen to get a drink or a snack. Test her on them.
  • Talk to your daughter about school and her learning!