By Year 8, pupils have thoroughly settled in to the life of the school and have begun to enjoy the wide range of opportunities on offer. It is important that pupils maintain momentum in their learning and therefore they are carefully monitored in terms of attainment, progress and effort.

Opportunities to develop leadership skills are introduced with many pupils electing to become ‘Buddies’ helping to support the new intake in Year 7. Their experience and empathy of what it is like to start their secondary school careers proves invaluable in this context.