Students move into their final year of Key Stage 3 and upon entering Year 9 we ask the students to focus on two important factors: The first is to use their well established learning habits to focus on completing Key Stage 3’s broad and balanced curriculum with progression achieved in all subject areas.  The other is the consideration of future plans and next steps with a focus on making informed choices for exam subject study and developing their skills in home study/independent learning, preparing them to become ‘GCSE ready’.

This year provides students with a great opportunity to develop key underpinning knowledge that will stand them in good stead for their upcoming GCSE courses, as well as fine-tuning already well developed learning skills. A small number of subjects will start covering GCSE content at some point during year 9, but the majority will be delivering a traditional Key Stage 3 course.

Running alongside their option choices students will focus more closely on future aspirations and career opportunities, exploring their passions and developing the skills to flourish beyond their school years. Students will receive much guidance from Heads of Department about the rich opportunities that each course can offer.

Preferences process 2022

The preferences process was launched at a face to face event on Monday 31st January. The preferences booklet and presentation from the evening are below.

Y9 Preferences booklet

Y9 Preferences Evening 2022

If you have any questions regarding the preferences process or the combination of subjects, please use the following email address to contact us: y9preferences@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

For those thinking about compatibility with A levels and other post-16 qualifications, the current entry requirements for sixth form courses can be found here.

Teachers

Head of Year 9: Jo Green

9A : Kim Wallace

9B : Rebecca Fish / Lauren Davison

9L : Jenny Townsend / Laura Cooke

9M : Steve McGovern / Katie Ansell

9N : Vicky Chuchla

9R : Anna Woolcott

Year Group Overviews:

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term