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For Years 9 and 10 at DSTC, we believe in learning not just for exams, but for life. We want each student to be able to thrive as an individual, reaching their goals through a balanced, healthy and mindful approach.
We want to develop learners who can face change with flexibility, who can meet failure with resilience and who can manage their own busy lives calmly, a learner who will be achieving in every facet of their life to their full potential. Not only that but they will be happy too. In this increasingly competitive , ever- pressured world, the importance of happiness cannot be underestimated.
The development of study skills and life-long learning is for those who struggle with their learning to the highest achieving. Each student will be encouraged to develop ways in which to learn, think, feel as part of a whole school and community, building on strengths and working on their weaknesses from year to year. These skills will be delivered and acquired in form time as well in lessons.

Year 9

Year 9 is not something to be worried about at all. Your classes might become slightly
more focussed and GCSE-worthy but up until your end-of-year exams, most things are
just like year 7 or 8.

Some Subjects are specifically geared to make the transition to year 10 and GCSE
easier but you also also have subjects which are key stage 3 material.

When you go into year 9, more is expected of you academically and also in behaviour
as even though you are still in KS3, you will become role models for the younger

You also make very important decisions about your option choices as these will
determine your future journey in education and eventually into the workplace and
future prospects.

Year 10

This is the beginning of your GCSEs so now you have to take ownership of your
and develop a more focused and conscientious approach to each subject.

Listen carefully in class, do your homework, and ask about anything you don't understand -
especially in maths and English; never go into the next lesson not understanding what
happened in the last one.

You might forget some of what you learnt in year 10 by the end of year 11 and have to
revise it all again - that's perfectly normal. As long as you understand it at the time,
that's the important thing.

Start completing short recap tasks for each subject once a week.

Spend 5 minutes per week, discussing with someone else, the key points they have
learnt in the prior week. It helps to maintain retention and also helps you identify areas
you are not sure about.

You have to revise the right way and at the right time for you. So do revise, but figure
out what way works for you and do it in the way that feels right for you.

Finally don't get disheartened if you feel that your grades are not what you hope for-
you're still learning. Ask the teacher what you would need to do to improve and try to do that. Just keep trying to do a little better each time and see how far you can go.


A high standard of personal appearance is expected. The checking of general appearance is the responsibility of all teachers in the first instance, however all staff are to check that students are wearing the correct uniform in lessons and around the College.

All uniform irregularities must be recorded on a student’s SMART card. Any students who are not conforming to the College’s uniform code may be issued with a strike on their SMART card. Persistent refusal to follow the uniform rules may result in Internal Exclusion or a Fixed Term Exclusion.


The most up-to-date copy of DSTC Uniform expectation for Years 7-11 can be found here:

Key Stage 4 Grade Sheet Information

The Grade Sheet is split into sections:

1 – Minimum Expected Target Grade

this represents the minimum target grade your daughter should achieve by the term stated, in order to be making Expected Progress from her Key Stage 2 Attainment.

2 – Aspirational Target Grade

these are targets set by the subject teacher, and they represent a challenging target for your daughter to aspire towards. There are occasions when this will be the same as the Minimum Expected Target Grade.

3 – Attainment Grade

This is your daughter’s current grade in each of her subjects. This grade is colour coded to show you the progress she is making towards her Minimum Expected Target Grade.


She is currently working at a grade below her Minimum Expected Target Grade.



She is currently within 1 Fine Grade of her Minimum Expected Target Grade.


She has met her Minimum Expected Target Grade.


She is currently working at a grade above her Minimum Expected Target Grade.

4 – Attitude to Learning

The Attitude to Learning score is a measure of how hard your daughter is trying in her subjects. Please see table below.

5 – Homework

Homework is graded using the same scale as attitude to learning. This is a measure showing how well your daughter is working on her homework.

6 – Progress Guide

The table below shows the Minimum Expected Target Grade for your daughter in Year 11 based on her Key Stage 2 starting point.