Welcome to Year 9

The Head of Year 9 is Mrs M Barlow.

Year 9 is one of the most important years in education.  It marks the coming to an end of KS3 and the starting of KS4 with Options for GCSE’s being taken midway through the year.  

Students will be looking ahead to think about where they want their learning pathways to take them beyond Derby Cathedral School.  It is a time for thinking about careers, colleges, A-levels, apprenticeships and for students to reflect on themselves and really focus on where they want to be, and what they need to do to get there.   We are all here to guide the students and Year 9 have amazing and very experienced Form Tutors to help guide them through this vital year.  Each form is assigned a House and students earn merits throughout the year, which contribute to the house competition. 

Year 9 start each day with Tutor time where, depending on the day, different activities take place.  For Year 9, as we progress through the year, those activities turn more towards Options, GCSE’s, Study Skills and revision techniques so the students already have the perfect start as they transition in to KS4.

Monday Head of Year Collective Worship Celebration of achievement and key messages
Tuesday Picture News Class discussion on a recent news topic
Wednesday Cathedral Collective Worship Exploring key areas of FAITH
Thursday Merits and Planner Review Checking student progress, rewards and home communication
Friday Collective Reading Group reading task and discussions

At Derby Cathedral School, we expect all students to follow our FAITH values, and for Year 9 these values should already be well embedded.  Of course, these values are important for every year group, but for Year 9’s, we really target these towards success in KS4, as without these, that success will be impossible to achieve.

Throughout the year we carry out different activities as a year group. Examples from this year are:


  • Reverse advent calendar where students created and filled an advent calendar with items donated to the Derby Women’s Centre and the Padley Centre.
  • For more information on Extra Curricular activities please click here Enrichment:
  • Year 9 also have the opportunity to apply for the ‘Voices in Action’ Youth Council which is run by Derby City Council,

Year 9 will also be offered to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  This is an internationally recognised award and, not only is it a fantastic opportunity for the students to show all the Faith values and to improve and develop a wide range of personal skills, but will also help to give our students a great advantage when applying for college and apprenticeship positions when they leave us. 

We aim to make everyone’s time at Derby Cathedral School an enjoyable learning experience, and strive to provide students with the support they need to flourish in their time at secondary school.