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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Secondary Zone

Year 9

Welcome Year 9 to your area of the school website           23rd September 2020

Hello Year 9!  Welcome to your area of the Aylesford School website. We have designed this area as a place for you, where we will share the numerous achievements and successes within the year group as well as a place to reference things that we feel could be useful to you. As you as a year group also have a great sense of fun we have included some more light hearted sections such as joke of the week (we can't promise they will be good!) and a weekly quiz!
We will have a focus of the week, which will aim to raise your understanding of a topic which is likely to have some impact on you.  Some times there will also be useful links that can help you get more information or help on this topic.  If you want any more support or guidance with a particular theme then do get in contact with your Tutor, Miss McLean or Mrs Riggs.
We hope you find our year 9 page fun and informative. Check in weekly for updates!
Mrs Riggs and Miss McLean

Meet the Year 9 Team (pictures kindly drawn by friends, family or students!)

Mrs Riggs                                                                                                                    

Head of Student Progress Year 9

Not surprisingly I like to cook/bake!!  Which means I also like to have get-togethers with friends and family on a regular basis to enjoy some nice food! I can sail and ski (despite not being overly keen of water or heights!) The one claim to fame that I will share is that my grandmother was a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor (an old actress!) in a movie a long time ago.

Miss McLean                                                                                                 

Assistant Head of Student Progress Year 9/9MCN

I love to spend time in my garden, going on walks and I also enjoying cooking. Listening to music is one of my favourite things to do, especially going to see live bands. Friends and laughter are really important to me and make me happy. My little bit of a claim to fame is that I used to run a school choir and we sang on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall and I also performed on stage in a teachers choir at the Genting Arena singing along side well known Opera singer Laura Wright (Google her!)

Miss McMurray                                                                              


I love to travel and some of my favourite places I have visited are; Canada, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Ecuador, NZ. I want to go Patagonia, Nepal. I have tried to read a book a day since lock down.

Mrs Mahmood                                                                                                                            


I am a smiley, spontaneous, Scottish loving teacher, who loves going for long walks with her children. Fun facts about me, is that I love painting. I have had my work displayed in a gallery many many moons ago.  I dislike any form of creepy crawlies. I once had a beetle crawl up arm at 5am in the morning, I had to do a funny dance to shake it off. I have no pets, but lots of kids instead!

Mr Banister      


Best described as follically challenged, music loving, crazy-daisy, the original BNS


Mrs Costanza                                                  


Things I enjoy doing are; running, cooking, baking, gardening, travelling, spending money!!! My favourite quote is "Life is a stage and you only get one performance. Make it a good one."

Mr Nunn                                                                                             


I am a modest(!) rugby playing PE teacher. I like travelling,History and coaching. I also enjoy cooking and I am good at making a Jalfrezi. I am not keen on buttons... Have I ever mentioned I once scored for AC Milan?

Mr Bainbridge                                                                      


"If it isn't football, sharks, food, boxing, music, travel, design, art, films or dogs then I'm not all that interested."

This weeks pastoral focus is...

Settling in.

It's time for a catch up Year 9!

We have now been back in school for 4 weeks and most of you have adapted well to the changes and obstacles faced in this new way of school life. It has been great to catch up with you all and see how much you have grown over the past few months.

By now you are all aware of how our day is arranged and the new timings in school for your lessons and breaks. We do feel the need to include a few reminders in this message as we do not want Year 9 standards to start slipping in what is an important year, in which you will pick your options.        Our expectations of you have not changed.

School starts and lessons start at 8.30am for Year 9. This means you should be in your classroom ready for the register at that time.

Mobile phones are still not permitted in school time. If you do bring a phone into school it MUST stay in your blazer pocket and not be out and being used at break/lunch time.

You must come into school each day prepared for learning. You need to bring in your own equipment every day (pens, rulers etc) as equipment cannot be shared in school between pupils. 

To clarify what is expected/allowed for PE, please find a list below.

Girls Kit

·         Blue Aylesford PE top

·         Blue Aylesford jumper

·         Blue Aylesford skort or shorts

·         Blue Aylesford jogging bottoms or plain black jogging bottoms

  •          Optional base layers under normal PE kit - leggings and long sleeved top (they must be navy or black)
  •          Optional Waterproof or showerproof jacket in wet weather (Ideally navy or black)

Students are not allowed to wear leggings without a skort over the top.

Boys kit

·         Blue Aylesford PE top or Blue Aylesford rugby long sleeved top

·         Blue Aylesford shorts

·         Blue Aylesford jogging bottoms or plain black jogging bottoms

  •          Optional base-layers in navy or black under normal PE kit
  •          Optional Waterproof or showerproof jacket in wet weather (Ideally navy or black)

Students are not allowed to wear hoodies or jumpers that are not Aylesford's.

If there is anything you are still not sure about, or have any questions. Please do ask your tutor, myself or Mrs Riggs and we will do our best to answer them for you.

Keep up the good work Year 9 and make us proud!

Miss McLean 

Exciting House news!

Huge congratulations to Ragley House, who are this years house champions. Unfortunately, due to lock down, the exciting announcement and cup lift was done without the usual sports hall full of students.  A massive well done to all Ragley tutor groups and also well done to Charlecote, who came in 2nd place and Stoneleigh who were 3rd place. The results were very close and there has been a lot of Kudos points awarded to well deserving students this year.


A delighted Miss McLean and Mr Nunn, Heads of House for Ragley, collecting the trophy on behalf of the students.


Brain teaser quiz just for fun!


Joke of the week!    

(Please send some good jokes in, these are getting worse!)

What do you call a pig that knows karate?

A pork chop!

In other news...Year 9 'Clap for Kindness' and more

Continuing on from last weeks theme, we have been hearing more about how kind and generous our Year 9 students are. It makes us all so proud to hear about all the lovely things that you are doing during this difficult time.

However, this week we are going to give a shout out to our very own Mr Nunn. Please have a read of what he is up to in August and follow the link if you want to donate.


Congratulations to Mr Nunn and his team mates who reached John O'Groats on day 6 of their charity cycle ride. They have been raising money for the Mat Davis Foundation. The foundation helps young people in many ways, with the primary aim of providing relief to young people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Well done to Mr Nunn and everyone else involved. 

There is still time to donate to this very worth while cause. Please click on the link below.



Please let your tutors know about anything you would like to share that you are proud of. I update the page each week.

Useful resources.

Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.

Family Information Service (FIS) We provide information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

Useful Apps: 

Forest - I love this idea! (I pinched it from Mrs Reeves sshh!) ! This is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones! One of the worst habits for destroying concentration and ruining quality time is constantly checking your smartphone – whether to play games, look at social media or stay up to date with endless group WhatsApp threads. With this App, you plant a seed in the ground and within 30 minutes the seed can grow into a tree, you simply need to ignore your phone to allow the seed to grow.  While the tree grows the App displays messages like 'Put me down!' or 'Leave me alone!' it keeps track of how long you have waited for each tree to grow.  I really need to get my 20 year old son to download this!

Happify - fast track to a good mood.  Engaging games, gratitude prompts, training your brain to overcome negative thoughts.
Calm - linked to Calm Harm (the self harming tool) but Calm provides guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programmes and relaxing music.

If you are a student and want to talk to someone about a problem while Aylesford School is closed – why not phone:

Childline 0800 1111

Safeline for Young People  0808 800 5007

MIND 0300-123-3393

Or try one of these websites:

Warwickshire Music Hub are holding free taster sessions for instruments. Please see leaflet below and click on attached website to book.


Take a look at the next wellbeing action calendar 'Self-Care September'. It's full of little tips on how to take of yourself. Remember, you need to take care of yourself first, before you can take care of others.