Year 9

Welcome to the Year 9 page. Read our blog below for all the latest Year 9 news. You will find key documents at the bottom of this page.

Mrs A Bass
Head Of Year 9

Monday 6th November

Year 9 Netball

On Monday 6th November DGS welcomed King Alfred's U14 Netball team to school for their first friendly match of the season. The team played well, trying out various player combinations and the shooting was impressive! DGS secured a convincing win of 33-3 and Player of the match was awarded to Phoebe Maslen. Congratulations to the team: Rosie Park (C), Phoebe Maslen, Seren Fullbrook, Gen Carey, Izzy Langley, Hannah Muddiman, Jorja Smith, Hana Taylor, Izzy Driscoll, Laura Millar and Celena Appleby-Prince.  

Congratulations to all the girls involved and a massive thank you to Miss Palmer for organising and leading the fixture.

Mrs A Bass

Head of Year 9

Tuesday 31st October

Hot Chocolate with the Head of School

This week four Year 9 students were nominated to have Hot Chocolate with the Head of School, Mr Goodenough. Each student was nominated by one of their teachers for working exceptionally hard, going above and beyond, relishing challenge and supporting peers. Congratulations to the following students;

Chloe Jacobsen 9CHS – nominated by Miss Martin in Health & Social Care

“Chloe has made an incredible start to HSC.  Chloe has done the right thing in lessons so far, she is very focussed on her learning, trying really hard and as a result completing all of her work to a good standard.  Chloe also contributes valuable points to discussions which demonstrate her knowledge and understanding and has been very supportive to other students in the group.”

Charleigh Richards 9EWR – nominated by Ms O’Connor in Maths

“Charlie is consistently doing her best, taking on challenges and supporting others.”

Izzy Langley 9CXB – nominated by Mrs Bass for Y7 Swimming Club

“Izzy has been helping out with the Year 7 Swimming Club which runs after school on a Tuesday at Hagbourne Primary School. Izzy saw the club being advertised and asked if she could help out. She's been leading her own lane and planning sessions for them. She's been absolutely amazing!”

Nikola Gulbe 9EXH – nominated by Mrs O’Malley in Maths

“Nikola is consistently doing the right thing in maths lessons and quietly staying focussed and pushing herself onwards.”


Mrs A Bass

Head of Year 9

Monday 30th October

Congratulations Neve!

During half term Neve Lofthouse 9PJC competed in the Great British Irish Dancing Championships in Brighton. She was up against some tough competition from all around the world but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Neve is currently training for the qualifiers and is putting in over 8 hours of training a week. Alongside this she also finds time to coach the younger girls in her dance school, rehearse for the schools Dance Show and keep up with all of her school work. We're extremely proud of your achievement Neve and we wish you the very best of luck for your next competition.


Mrs A Bass

Head of Year 9


Tuesday 17th October

Year 9 Celebration Assembly

At the end of each term in our last year group assembly we always focus on what a successful term we have had and what fantastic achievements the girls have achieved. This is my favourite time of the term as I'm always inundated with lovely emails from staff who share with me whose been working hard, going above and beyond, taking risks, relishing challenge, stepping into leadership and much more. Below are just a few of the comments and nominations I have received from staff.

Geography – Miss Nichols: "Sophie Murdoch, 9CXB, for making a fantastic improvement in her urban Issues and Challenges exam"

Psychology – Miss Maiden: "Particular stand outs this year in terms of contributions in class are Siena Dornan Juffkins, Nabila Hafiz, Grace Hansen, Georgina Penton, Beth Reed and Iris Rogers. I have been incredibly impressed by the quality of work produced by all of the girls, with some particular standouts on the flashcards homework - Shauna Thomas, Ella Cribb and Verity Halligan-Davis. Well done year 9 for a fantastic start to the GCSE! You are all really impressing me!"

Music – Mr Dingley: "Nabila Hafiz - for outstanding enthusiasm in every lesson. Hannah Andrews - for being friendly and helpful at all times. Lizzie Beesley - for persistence and focus, particularly in group work. Sophie Thomason - for outstanding contributions to lessons."

Maths – Miss O’Conner: "The Maths Department were very impressed with year 9 and their approach to their first skills test today. Calm, sensible and considerate of each other as well as giving the test a good go."

Congratulations to all the girls who received a special mention in assembly I'm extremely proud of you.

A special thanks to all of those girls who shared with us their Y9 aspirations for the year or presented on leadership, you spoke beautifully; Lottie Woollard, Emmy Bottley, Sally-Ann Hillier, Rebecca Dryden, Ella Smith, Tilly Cochrane, Emily Smith and Izzy Langley. A very big thank you also to Alex Norton and Alice Hosen for singing, their performances were enjoyed by all!

Mrs A Bass

Head of Year 9

Friday 13th October

Year 9 School Council Representatives

Congratulations to this years Year 9 School Council Representatives; Tira Grant 9CXB, Kiara Chorley 9EXH and Hannah Muddiman 9PJC. Following a rigorous application process the girls were all successfully chosen to represent our year group this year. They led their very first assembly this week and presented on the choices for change in making improvements to the school. The various options included; more water stations, more pay machines,decorating the terrapin classrooms, air fresheners in the changing rooms, better locks on toilet doors and many more.The year group were given the opportunity to vote for which project they wanted the School Counsellors to focus on next term. Despite being very nervous, Hannah, Tira and Kiara did a fantastic job and presented with confidence. Well done girls!

Mrs A Bass

Head of Year 9


Tuesday 10th October

Attendance Matters!

Year 9 as a cohort have had fantastic attendance in the first term of the new school year and are currently on 96.2%. A special Congratulations to the 151 Year 9 students who are currently on 100% attendance, this really is a fantastic achievement and you will all be in the running to win £10 vouchers awarded in our Celebration Assembly next week!

Tutors are sharing your daughters attendance % with her each week and will be letting her know which group she falls into on our Attendance Diamond (pictured below). There is an ongoing attendance competition throughout the year between tutor groups in Year 9 as they strive to be the best in the year group.

As it stands at the moment;

1st 9ALE - 99%

2nd 9PJC - 98.1%

3rd 9CXB - 97.6%

4th 9EXH - 96.5%

5th 9JSS & 9CHS - 95.5%

6th 9EBT - 95.3%

7th 9EWR - 92.3%

In our weekly assembly this morning, I have set Year 9 the challenge to be in every day between now and half term in order to do their bit for their tutor group.

A lot of research suggests that Attendance directly correlates to academic progress and attainment. With your daughters at the beginning of their GCSEs, now is such an important time to be in school and learning. As we near the end of term, the mornings are getting colder and darker, your daughters are getting tired and beginning to flag, please can you do your bit to encourage them into school and end the term in the green group!

Mrs A Bass

Head of Year 9

Thank you to those of you who joined us for another successful Parent's Information Evening on Tuesday 19th September. I hope you found the evening informative and that you feel prepared for the year ahead as your daughter begins her GCSE journey.

Below, you will find the presentation that was shown during the evening, so if you weren't able to join us, please do have a look through and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

I've been particularly impressed with the way in which Year 9 have approached their GCSE's so far. There has been a vibrant atmosphere within the year group over the first couple of weeks with the prospect of starting new subjects. As I have been visiting classrooms to check on the culture and climate of lessons, students have shown a clear sense of pride, excitement and interest in what they're learning. A great start to the school year, well done Year 9!


Mrs A Bass

Head of Year 9





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