Year 8 Team


Catherine Wharton

Head of Year 8
Tutor
catherine.wharton@thevalley.herts.sch.uk



Graham Hawkins

Teacher

Carl Perrin

Year 8 Learning Partner

Geri McDonagh

Year 8 Learning Partner

Steph Oakes

Year 8 Learning Partner

Linzi Donoghue

Year 8 Learning Partner


We are situated in a quiet area on the first floor to aid concentration and focus to assist in learning and holistic development. This group is made up of three classes of year 8 students. They each have their own base classroom and have a core Form Tutor and Learning Partner who supports them throughout the day. We also have a break out space where pupils can undertake their own individual learning or use it as a quiet space to nurture their specific needs.

We work in formal, semi-formal and informal classes to support the students and focus on how they learn best. A large number of subjects are taught in the same class by the same teachers to help to build on confidence and self-esteem to aid learning. There are a number of subjects that are taught in specific classes by specialist teachers such as: Design Technology, PE, Art, Food Technology, Computing and Performing Arts.

This approach works for our students as they have the support structure of a base room for the majority of their learning to form a close working relationship between students, Form Tutor and Learning Partner. This means the staff get to know the students very well and can adapt their teaching to meet the needs of each individual student.