Academic Curriculum

A Subject Topic & Skills Grid giving an overview of what the children will be covering this term, will be published on Friday.


The pupils will be given a Prep diary where Prep will be recorded. Pluses will also be noted in here each week.

Common Entrance & Scholarship Preparation

All pupils are expected to have their laptops, school exercise books and a reading book in school every day. As the pupils continue to work towards their CE examinations please remind them that the staff are here to help, guide and support in any way they can. Preps will be supporting their learning and revision so it is important that they are completed and handed in on time, in order that they can receive valuable feedback to further guide their learning.


The leadership system, which gives every Year 8 pupil the opportunity to shine as a leader, started with a bang and I’m pleased to say that we currently have many wonderful Seniors, Prefects and Wellbeing Ambassadors who are all undertaking their responsibilities with commitment. Those who have earnt Senior status are certainly enjoying the freedom of The Attic and having hot chocolate on Fridays!

Pastoral Care and Curriculum

At morning briefing Form Tutors will complete a quick ‘wellbeing’ check with the children using our familiar emoji structure. Your child has been assigned to a member of the Year 8 Pastoral Team who will continue to hold regular ‘Coaching’ sessions where informal discussions can take place regarding any matters relating to school and general wellbeing.

Pupils will continue with both PSHCEE and Wellbeing (R.I.S.E) sessions each week. In PSHCEE Year 8 will be covering the following topics:

  • RSE – Students will cover gender identity, relationship values, consent, sexual harassment, contraception and FGM.

    We understand that some of these topics may raise questions so please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 8 team or Mrs Partridge to discuss in further detail.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – Attitudes to mental health and emotional wellbeing; digital resilience; body image; healthy and unhealthy coping strategies and seeking support for themselves and others.

Our bespoke RISE-Wellbeing scheme this term will incorporate the theme of Reflection. Sessions will include the topics of:

  • Motivation
  • Procrastination
  • Types of Fun
  • Executive Functioning
  • Revision Review


Year 8 will enjoy a Geography Field Trip to Juniper Hall on Friday 23rd February.

We’re so excited to be able to offer the children some real-world experience of what they are learning in school. Trips are a brilliant way of making learning more tangible and memorable, as they enable the children to engage with the material in a more active and immersive way than can often be possible in the classroom. They are a powerful tool for broadening the children’s horizons, and also a lot of fun; we cannot wait to enjoy these days out over the Spring Term!

More information will follow nearer to the date.


In Years 5 – 8 pupils must have their own fully stocked pencil case, including the following items:

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Blue Fountain or Handwriting Pen (not biro)
  • Purple pen (a purple biro is fine – children will use this to refine and perfect their work)
  • 30cm ruler
  • Coloured pencils
  • Glue stick

Children should also have their charged laptop with them in school each day.

A reminder that mobile phones are not allowed in school. If you child needs to bring one for their journey to and from school (which must be pre-agreed if travel is on the school minibus), mobiles must be left at the Front Office for the duration of the school day.


Year 8 Routine

Drop off is from 8:00am, and pupils should head to The Attic before heading to PA2 for 8:20am. Pupils arriving earlier than 8:00am should be booked in for breakfast from 7:30am. Formal lessons commence at 8:30am.

Pick up is at 5:00pm at the front of school, unless your child is staying for Prep when pick up will be 6:00pm at the front of school. Please note that pick up is at the earlier time of 4:00pm on Wednesdays, unless there is a match scheduled. Parents may head to The Attic to collect pupils directly from there, if they arrive at times other than the common collection times identified above.

All children must ‘blob out’ before they leave the school site (either with the duty teacher or in The Attic).

If you’d like your child to join us for breakfast, or stay beyond 5:00pm for Hobbies or After School Supervision / Supper Club, please book this via the Portal, or contact for assistance.

Dates for your Diary

As well as your pocket-sized diary, parents can also view the Spring Term calendar via the website and Parent Portal.

Please do have a look through and pop important dates in your diary.  Of course, sometimes plans need to be updated, and so any changes will be updated on our electronic calendar and communicated to you as soon as possible.

The key events for our Year 8 parents include:

  • Parents of our Years 7 & 8 pupils are invited to a Study Skills Session on Friday 12th January at 8:30am.
  • Parents are invited to our PSHEE Tea & Talk for Years 5-8 on Friday 9th February.
  • CE & Scholarship Mock Assessments for Year 8 will take place the week beginning Monday 19th February.
  • Year 8 will enjoy a Geography Field Trip to Juniper Hall on Friday 23rd February.
  • Parents are invited to come along to our informal ‘Tea & Talk’ session with Heads of Year on Tuesday 27th February at 8:30am.
  • All Subject Parents’ Evening for Year 8 will take place on Thursday 29th February with appointments starting from 5:15pm.
  • All our parents are invited into school to Come & See What We Do Afternoon on Friday 1st March.
  • Week beginning 4th March we will be hosting a Virtual Careers Fair where the children in Years 5-8 will have the opportunity to meet and talk to industry and job experts.
  • We will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character for the day.
  • Wednesday 27th March is the end of term with school finishing for Year 8 children at 12:00pm.

FoP events

Our brilliant Friends of Pennthorpe, as always, will be doing lots to support our school and community this term. Key things for you to watch out for include:

  • Bags of Support Collections on Friday 12th January and Friday 22nd March.
  • Please save the date for the FoP Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 2nd February.
  • The Friends of Pennthorpe Mother’s Day Shop will open it’s doors on Tuesday 5th March.
  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop on Tuesday 12th March.
  • After-school Tuck Shop on Friday 15th March.


Now that the weather is getting colder please can you ensure your child has a named Pennthorpe hat, scarf and gloves in school.

Children are expected to wear smart uniform each day, with clean shoes and tied back hair as required for girls. All children should wear their blazers coming to and from school.

As a reminder, all PE and Games kit should be brought in to school on a Monday morning and should be taken home for washing at the end of each week (see below for sports kit requirements).

The Year 8 Team will be conducting a complete kit check at the beginning of term.  This will include wellies, waterproof trousers, school play coat, water bottle and sports kit. It is important that the children understand the importance of looking after and organising their own property. Please support this at home, by ensuring your child uses their independence and organisational skills to ensure they have what they need in school each day and take care of their belongings (especially their laptops!).

Please ensure that all items of uniform are named, including water bottles, shoes, wellies and trainers.

If you have any uniform requirements, please place an order via our website here. You can also book an appointment at the Uniform Shop by contacting or drop in during the times below:

  • Monday 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Thursday CLOSED
  • Friday 8:30am – 9:30am

Sports Kit

For the first half of the Spring Term,  boys will be continuing with rugby and the girls with netball. A full kit list is available here, and all branded items can be ordered through Blueblood


  • Games kit
  • All jewellery must be removed
  • Base layers (recommended)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard
  • Base layers (recommended)

Please can the boys have a separate bag (such as a bin bag) in their games kit bag so muddy sports kit can be kept away from clean PE kit/uniform and a named towel to wipe excess mud off after rugby sessions.


After half-term the boys will be switching to hockey and girls to football.


  • Games kit
  • Shin Pads
  • Football Boots (optional)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard

Car park

Please do not park in the drop-off lanes at the front of school if you are coming past the gates to drop your child into school, or collect them from one of the school buildings. These lanes are intended for dropping-off only!

Instead, please park up in the car park, or find a safe place to park on the neighbouring roads (being considerate of our neighbours, especially with regards parking near to junctions or driveways).