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No booking required for our Open Evening today (tickets for Headteacher talks handed out on arrival). Simply turn up! Current students and staff will be waiting to show you our outstanding school.


We are delighted to welcome Year 6 families to our Open Evening TODAY from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Whilst not compulsory, please consider wearing a face covering - thank you. We are delighted to be welcoming families onto the school site!


Less than 24 hours until our Open Evening! Year 6 pupils and their families are welcome to see our school on Thursday 16 September from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.


Year 11 Virtual Information Evening takes place this evening - Tuesday 14 Sept - from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. We look forward to seeing Year 11 Parents and Carers online later this evening.


Year 9 Virtual Information Evening takes place this evening - Tuesday 14 Sept - from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. We look forward to seeing Year 9 Parents and Carers online later this evening.


Reminder - the school will be closing at 12.20pm on Thursday 16 September in preparation for the Open Evening which will take place between 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Students who are helping at Open Evening should return to school at 4.00pm. Thank you.


PROSPECTUS - Please follow this link to take a look at our Prospectus for entry into Year 7:


Open Evening information- we look forward to welcoming families onto the school site for Open Evening on Thursday 16 September. To keep everyone safe, we strongly encourage visitors to wear face coverings, if you can. Thank you.


Is your child absent from school? As engineers continue to resolve telephone/voicemail issues, please email the school if your child is absent or late to school via email: Thank you.


We are looking forward to meeting local Year 6 pupils with their families at our Open Evening this week! Thursday 16 September from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Please let your friends and family know.


Admissions Information ahead of our Year 6 into Year 7 Open Evening on Thursday 16 September can be found on our website, here:


Open Evening parking - with regret, there is limited parking on the school site and Hessle Grove is a private road. If you park in Sainsbury's Kiln Lane car park, please note there is a 2 hour limit. Please park with consideration for local residents - thank you!

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Glyn School Open Evening - Thursday 16 September 2021 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. In the meantime, please visit our website to see our outstanding school.


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Telephone Lines - with regret, our telephone lines are down. If you need to contact the school, please email


Blazers - due to the hot weather, students are NOT required to wear their school blazer on Wednesday 8 September, just for that day.


Telephone Lines - with regret, our telephone lines are down. If you need to contact the school, please email


We regret that our phone lines are currently down. Please email with any urgent enquiries.

Psychology students are encouraged to develop a fascination with the mind and the way that it influences our behaviour. Psychology students regularly relate material covered to their own lives and the world around them. Through research methods and exploring a range of approaches, they learn to question theories and research studies, as well as consider a range of perspectives.

Mrs E Elwell, Head of Psychology


Why study this subject?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, the Brain and the Mind. Psychologists observe human behaviour, create theories to explain the behaviour, and then carry out research to test these theories. Psychology is a challenging subject, requiring commitment and hard work. Ultimately though, the hard work is rewarded with a deeper understanding of people and society, and perhaps even yourself.

Is it right for me?

Psychology gives you a mental toolkit for analysing and interpreting information and builds empathy and understanding, supporting your ability to express yourself clearly and logically.

Psychology lessons vary, but tend to be made up of discussions, reading, investigating sources, debates and presentations. It is a broad subject, with many different areas and a number of different approaches towards explaining behaviour. Not all psychologists agree with each other.


Year 9 sequence of lessons

Half Term 1 -  Developmental Psychology

Mindset, learning, practice and effort  

Dweck’s mindset theory and Willinghams learning theory.

 Are skills with us from birth (nature) or do they change because of our experiences (nurture).

This is an engaging first topic for Year 9 Psychologists as it is directly relevant to them as learners of new subjects and skills.


Half Term 2 -  How memory works

How does memory work? 

What is the key to enhancing your long term memory and how would a psychologist suggest you revise?  Why do we forget?  

This topic introduces the cognitive approach of psychology and the reductionism versus holism debate, showing students that psychologists take many different perspectives to understanding behaviour.


Half Term 3 - Neuropsychology and the brain

How do our brains influence our behaviour?

What is the role of the brain and the central nervous system?  How does brain damage impact on behaviour?

This topic has been chosen so that by the end of Year 9 students have a strong understanding of three different approaches to understanding behaviour: Developmental, Cognitive and Biological.


Half Term 4 - Research Methods

Students develop a toolkit of research methods.

The topic has been chosen because it will prepare students for designing their own research project during the next half term and to give them insight into how Psychologist’s discover new things about behaviour.


Half Term 5 - Research Methods: project

Students have an opportunity to showcase an area of personal interest by planning and conducting an extended research project.  

This has been chosen to give students an opportunity to pursue an area of personal interest and to experience what it would be like to be a research psychologist.


Half Term 6 - Social Psychology: Bystander behaviour

Why do people sometimes not help in emergency situations?

Students research the case study of Kitty Genovese, and analyse bystander behaviour.



Year 10 sequence of lessons

Half Term 1 - Memory and eyewitness testimony

Students learn about why our memories may not always be accurate and link this to eyewitness behaviour in the courtroom.

This follows on from student learning in Year 9 about how our memory works, but this time focussing on problems associated with memory.


Half Term 2 - Neuropsychology: gender differences

Is it true that men and women have different brains?

This follows on from student learning in Year 9 about areas of the brains, but this time focuses on how our brains might be different.


Half Term 3 - Social Psychology: obedience, conformity and bystander behaviour

What causes someone to ‘act out of character’ - is it the social situation they are in?

For example, why did so many people obey the immoral instructions from Hitler in WWII? And why did some people resist?

Is it true that teenagers feel more ‘peer pressure’ than adults?


Half Term 4 - Research Methods: investigations and handling data

Psychologists collect data and makes sure that their claims are backed up by scientific evidence. 

Year 10 students will develop a critical understanding about how Psychologists plan their research and why they might choose different research methods.


Half Term 5 - Criminal Psychology: what makes someone a criminal?

Are criminals born or made? 

Students use their understanding of genetics, brain areas and learning theories to explain why someone might become a criminal.

What influences our personality and is there such a thing as a ‘criminal personality type’.


Half Term 6 - Criminal Psychology: punishment and rehabilitation 

What is the best way to punish criminal behaviour? Can we prevent criminal behaviour?

Students develop an understanding of behaviourist learning theories and cognitive behaviour therapy and explain how these might be used to punish and rehabilitate criminals.

Year 11 sequence of lessons

Half Term 1 - Developmental: stages of development

Do all children go through the same stages of development?

What skills do 12 year olds have that 4 year olds dont have and how does this influence the types of activities that help them learn?

What are morals and do we have the same set of morals throughout our lives? How does this change with age?


Half Term 2 - Psychological problems: depression

What is depression and why might someone develop it?

How can we support someone with depression?

How can we treat depression?

Students use their understanding of genetics, brain areas and nurture to explore explanations and treatments for depression.


Half Term 3 - Psychological problems: addiction

What is addiction and why might someone develop it?

How can we support someone with addiction?

How can we treat addiction?

Students use their understanding of genetics, brain areas and nurture to explore explanations and treatments for addiction.


Half Term 4 - Sleep and Dreaming

Why do we feel sleepy in the evening?

What happens to our brain  while we are asleep and why is it important we sleep at least 8 hours a night?

Students develop and understanding of Freud’s ‘dream work’ theory and discuss whether or not dreams have meaning. Could dream analysis be used as therapy or is this not scientific enough to be valid?


Half Term 5 - Revision