Year 9

Head of Year: Ms N Sherren

Deputy Head of Year: Miss R James


Tutor Groups and Tutors 2020/21

8MS: Ms R Panesar
8TF: Mr T Freeman-Jones
8PC: Mr P Christmas and Ms S Rasul
8TA: Mr T Augustin and Ms Edwards
8NC: Mr N Chadwick and Mr L Cowan
8LC: Ms L Coombs-Roberts and Ms Swenson
8CP: Mr C Perrins and Mrs J McGinn
8AH: Mr A Hall

Key Information and Events

Firstly, we would like to commend the incredible effort and determination the year group demonstrated during the period of virtual schooling. We are confident that this has set them up to excel in the coming year and are extremely proud of the positive attitude they displayed throughout this potentially challenging time.

We look forward to welcoming Year 9 back to a crucial year in their time at Woolwich Polytechnic School. This year our students will decide their GCSE options and begin to consider future paths.

One key focus for the year will be on career and workplace skills, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the world of work and how they can best prepare. We look forward to working with a range of employers and universities virtually in line with government guidance, who can bring their insight and experience to support our work throughout the year.

Key skills that we will be focussing on will be:

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

Linking to this, we will also spend time this year supporting our young people to select the right GCSE options to ensure that they are making the right choices for to suit their ambitious future plans and learning needs.

The GCSE option process will begin in the Spring Term, with detailed information and taster sessions on the KS4 subjects available to them. They will have time to speak with our subject specialist staff and explore each option to ensure they are confident in their choices. We welcome and encourage parents to be part of this process.    



Students receive 2 pieces of homework once a week for their CORE subjects. This should take them approximately 20-30 minutes each to complete. For their other subjects, year 8 students receive one homework tasks set once every two lessons. This again should take approximately 20-30 minutes each to complete.

Useful Links

Year 9 Reading List                      

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Maya Angelou

Things Fall Apart-Chinua Achebe

Exodus- Julie Bertagna

 Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

 Great Expectations- Charles Dickens

Silas Marner-George Eliot

 Coram Boy-Jamila Gavin

 Lord of the Flies-William Golding

 The Old Man and the sea- Ernest Hemingway

 To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee

Long Walk to Freedom-Nelson Mandela

 A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

 Animal Farm-George Orwell

 Nineteen Eighty- Four- George Orwell

 Frankenstein-Mary Shelley

 Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck

Julius Caesar-William Shakespeare

 The Lord of the Rings- JRR Tolkien

 The Book Thief- Marcus Zasak

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