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GCSE Maths, Science and Languages

In Year 9 students begin to study the GCSE Maths, Science and Language courses as well as continuing to study a broad range of subjects to prepare her for further GCSEs that will start in Year 10.


Humanities Subjects

Students study 2 periods of Geography and History in Year 9, these highly academic subjects help our students understand themselves and others through their histories and cultures. These subjects contribute to student’s moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world developing our students into informed and critical citizens. Students are encouraged to think creatively and to ask questions about our world whilst building skills in writing and critical reading.


Language and Creative Choices

At Sarah Bonnell we give students the opportunity to choose which creative subjects and which languages they will focus on in Year 9. This provides the opportunity for students to have more lesson time specialising in these subjects and gaining deeper knowledge in preparation for Year 10.

GCSE Language Courses Available to Study in Year 9 

Creative Courses Available to Study in Year 9 

Access and Inclusion

A&I support students with a learning profiles through 1:1 in-class support and small-group literacy interventions such as Lifeboat literacy and Social Skills and Occupational Therapy.  Students’ progress and attainment is assessed and provision is then personalised to help target specific areas for development.


Higher Able

In Year 9, higher able students will continue to be stretched and challenged as they access an increasingly challenging and engaging curriculum. The provision of exciting extra-curricular opportunities inside and outside of school continues, and more options such as STEM clubs become optional. The most able students continue to be a part of a bespoke Scholarship programme which offers a range of activities and visits.


Year 9 Extended Learning Days

To support all of the students at Sarah Bonnell we have an exciting and stimulating programme of 6 Extended Learning Days across the Year, where the students are off-timetable for the day, participating in enriching activities to support their learning.

The purpose of Extended Learning Days are to:

  • Allow students the opportunity to experience learning outside of the classroom through a comprehensive visits and events calendar
  • Encourage students to reflect on how they are preparing to become global citizens through engaging workshops and guest speakers
  • Promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth by engaging with topics that promote mutual respect and cohesion


Date Theme
17th October 2017

Awareness Day

Be Proud

7th December 2017

Human Rights Day

Be Nice

6th February 2018

Safer Internet Day

No Excuses

8th March 2018

International Women's Day

30th April 2018

Futures @ SB Day

Aim High

6th July 2018

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Work Hard