Year 8

The Teacher

There is one form teacher for Year 8, the Director of Studies Mr Gavin Sinnott (8G).


The School Day

The school day runs from Monday to Saturday. Registration is at 8.25am but you are able to leave your child in the appropriate classroom from 8.15am, provided the class teacher is there.

The end of the day is normally 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday unless your child is staying for tea and hobbies. Children should be collected by the signing out desk and signed out when you leave. Your child has a numbered peg along West corridor for their coat and a locker in the common room for personal items. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, school finishes at 3.30pm if your child is not involved in matches.

Please Note: We require permission before allowing anyone other than parents to collect children from the school at any time. Therefore parents must inform staff if their child is being collected by someone other than themselves. This can be a letter or a call to the school office.

Before School - In order to help working parents, children can be booked in for breakfast. Please take them to the Dining Room and hand over to a member of staff for 7.45am. There is a charge for this facility and bookings must be made in advance.


The School Timetable

In Year 8 your child is taught solely by subject specialists. Much of the work is now taught in sets based on English ability though there are also separate sets for French and Mathematics  (against Science). 

Your child will also be taught by the following teachers:

Art & Dt - Mrs Kerry Cook-James

English – Mrs Flora Bonnar-Mackenzie

French  - Mme Magali Clayton

Spanish - Mme Catherine Brabant

Geography and History - Mr Viv Jeffery

ICT - Mr Gavin Sinnott

Latin - Mme Magali Clayton

Mathematics - Mr Richard Goodhand

Music – Ms Sam Kerby

PE - Mrs Katie Felton

RE - Mrs Sharon Sinnott

Science – Mrs Bernie Costello

Swimming - Mrs Katie Felton



Pupils in Year 8 get two 30 minute homeworks each night. These can either be done at home or in the Forbes hall after tea with a member of staff.



In Year 8, your child will have games coaching from a variety of staff on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Their games kit is kept and washed in school, only returning home at the end of each term. Your child will also be involved in school matches every term. 



Your child will go on a number of trips in Year 8 as part of the curriculum. The main trip is an Outward Bound week in the Lake District though there are a range of other trips including a space day in Leicester, geography fieldwork and a theatre trip. The cost of all trips is included in the fees.


Responsibility and Leadership

Year 8 are given a range of responsibilities in the school. There are two Heads of School who lead the School Council and are assisted by several deputies who may change during the year to enable other children to experience this leadership role. Other children can lead one of the three pastoral sets, lead the choir or orchestra or captain one of the sports teams. Thay also have the opportunity to take the Young Leader Award, certified by Sports Leaders UK, which is a great introduction into leadership and gives the pupils the knowledge of how to organise and lead small games and activities. All Year 8 children also have duties around the school during the week, helping them to develop the leadership and management skills so highly sought in the modern world. 



Communication between staff and parents is vital to an excellent working relationship and ensuring that your child gets the maximum out of his or her time at St. Hugh's.  Your child will be given a handbook which contains relevant information for your child and their reading record.  If you have anything you wish to discuss face to face, your child’s Class Teacher is happy to see you at the end of the day. We ask that you make an appointment to do this by contacting the School Office or emailing the relevant teacher. Alternatively, you may email the form or subject teachers directly but please allow up to 72 hours for a response. Their email addresses can be found by clicking here.

At four and eight week intervals in the Autumn term,you will receive a effort grade sheet for each subject. These are also sent home at half term in the Spring and Summer terms.You will also receive a full written report at the end of each term.

The children will also have two sets of Common Entrance practice exams, one after half term in the Autumn term and another after half term in the Spring term. The results from these are sent home after the exams.

There are two parents evenings during the year. These are held in the Autumn and Spring term in the Forbes Hall after each set of exams. No appointments are necessary and you will be able to see all your child's teachers if you so wish.

Parents are invited to attend various events throughout the year, including plays, the elocution competition, Sport’s Day and various events organised by the children in their final term.