Year 9

Welcome to Year 9, from Mrs Griffin and myself. We wish you lots of luck for the forthcoming year.

Miss A Carriero
Head of Year 9

In my opinion year 9 is the most important year in a student’s education so far.  During this important year students will be exploring their career options, choosing their GCSE options, completing their Key Stage 3 exams and, in some cases, students will be starting their GCSEs.

Options Booklet – click here.

Career Education

Students will be working in PSE on future career paths. Students will have introductory sessions in the careers library and they will start to use career planning websites.  With the support of their tutors in PSE and in PDPs students will now start to plan for the future by considering college courses and future careers.  We expect students to be realistic and aspirational when planning for the future.

Year 9 Exam Week – Week commencing Monday 16th April

This exam week represents the final assessment opportunity for our students to achieve their end of Key Stage 3 targets levels.  Good levels in these exams will help students to be in the best classes for their GCSEs.

Key Stage 3 Diploma

Students in year 9 will be working towards a Key Stage 3 Diploma.  This is a special award which I believe will be extremely useful to students when they are writing references and applications.  This award is purely based on student work rate and progress.  Obviously learning in the classroom is the most important part of school and that students should be recognised and rewarded when they make good progress.  The diploma is judged at 3 different levels: pass, merit and distinction.  A distinction shows that students are making very high levels of progress in comparison to their target level.

Peer Mentors and Tutors

During Year 9 students have the opportunity to apply to become Peer Mentors or Peer Tutors.  The Peer Mentor role is given to responsible students who we believe would be able to support year 6 students as they move into year 7.  Peer Tutors have a learning role with year 7s.  They will work with year 7s on their reading skills and will provide a mentoring role to support students.  All of these students will act as ambassadors at school events and will show the best of the Lydiard Park Academy.


July 2017 – click here to view

Year 9 Key Dates

Term 1

Monday 4th September – Return to school at 10:10 am
Tuesday 12th September – School finishes at 2:00 pm for Open Evening
Thursday 14th September – Year 9 Photographs
Friday 20th October – School ends for half term

Term 2

Monday 30th October – Return to school
Thursday 16th November – Consultation Day
Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th November – INSET days – no school for pupils
Friday 15th December – School ends for Christmas at 12:25 pm

Term 3

Tuesday 2nd January – Return to school
Wednesday 17th January – Year 9 Subject Consultation Evening
Friday 9th February – School ends for half term at 3:00 pm

Term 4

Monday 19th February – Return to school
Thursday 22nd March – Consultation Day
Thursday 29th March – School ends for Easter at 3:00 pm

Term 5

Monday 16th April – Return to school
Week commencing – Monday 16th April – Year 9 Exam Week
Monday 7th May – Bank Holiday – No school for pupils
Monday 21st May – Year 9 Reports to be given out
Friday 25th May – School ends for half term at 3:00 pm

Term 6

Monday 4th June – INSET day – no school for pupils
Tuesday 5th June – Return to school for pupils
Friday 20th July – School ends at 12:25 pm

Year 9 Tutor Groups


Ms Z Maniakova 9 B1 Berners-Lee M2.2
Miss G Brew (Mrs M Gosling) (Previously MG/LC) 9 B2 Berners-Lee C1.5
Miss R Pike 9 H1 Holmes B1.8
Mr A Buchalik 9 H2 Holmes B1.5
Mr A Fraser 9 P1 Pascal B2.13
Mrs N Woodward 9 P2 Pascal M1.2
Mrs T Barker (previously JN) 9 M1 Moore B1.1
Mr K Hothi 9 M2 Moore M2.5

Year 9 Tutor Timetable

Day Main activity Other activity
Monday ‘Theme of the week’ discussion.

-Register and uniform check.

-Theme of the week discussion.

-Write HW into diaries.

Tuesday Rewards, Consequences and points information to students.

-Register and uniform check.

-Tutor rep and sport captains lead messages.

-Tutor checks diaries.

Wednesday Community and Cultural project led by Community Ambassadors.

– Register and uniform check in assembly hall.


Thursday Assembly

Register and uniform check.

-Letters given out.

-Tutor checks diaries.

Friday Student Voice feedback and discussion (from House meetings and Student Voice meetings).

-Register and uniform check.

-Tutor rep and sport captains lead messages.

-Equipment Check.