In Year 9, students move from four forms to five to enable Form Tutors to offer greater pastoral support with a smaller number of pupils to focus on. There are also curriculum benefits as English and Science are delivered within tutor groups and so as a consequence class sizes in these subjects are smaller as they begin the three-year GCSE courses. The Head of Year and tutors change at this point but then remains with their form throughout Key Stage 4, the form tutor remain the primary point of contact. As well as the tutor, the Head of Year oversees the guidance and monitoring of students during their first year at Key Stage 4, supported by the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral). Additional support can be accessed by all students through the School Chaplain and the on-site Bromley Y Counsellors.
Students have an induction day at the beginning of Year 9 to ease the transition from Year 8 into Year 9, which includes team-building exercises to help students in the new tutor groups integrate. There is an information evening early in the year to provide a further overview of the requirements of the GCSE courses as students embark on their three year GCSE course. (For our 2019/20 cohort this will happen at the end of Year 8)