The Upper School curriculum builds on prior learning and progresses pupils towards becoming independent and active learners; whilst developing the learning attitudes of motivation, resilience, persistence, curiosity, flexibility and risk-taking. Teaching groups are streamed by ability with setting in place for Mathematics, English and French. This is designed to maximise the efficiency of our teaching programmes, ensuring that work presented to children is ‘just right’ – challenging but not overwhelming. The curriculum is balanced and busy, and includes Saturday mornings.
In Years 7 and 8 the children are prepared for Common Entrance examinations or, if applicable, scholarship examinations. Upper School children have a form base with a form tutor who will monitor academic work and general development, provide support and guidance, and communicate closely with parents.
The teachers who make up the Upper School teaching team are dedicated, hardworking professionals who are committed to making the education of their pupils their first concern. They set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils in a multitude of different ways, ensuring that progress and outcomes are the best that they can be.
The Upper School classrooms are housed on the first floor of the Tom Davies building and in the Quad buildings. All are well equipped and resourced for modern teaching and include science laboratories, computer suites, a language laboratory, the theatre, the music school, art room and design & technology workshop. In addition, we have a well-stocked library and extensive sports facilities.
A Day in the Life of Upper School
There are ten 35 minute periods in each day where pupils follow a structured timetable of lessons, form time and assemblies. At break times, pupils are encouraged to be outside and to make use of the school grounds including the woods and the astroturf. Lunch is eaten in the dining room where pupils eat alongside their teachers and other members of the school community. On most days, lessons end at 4.00pm, when it is possible for pupils to dereg and to go home; alternatively, they can have M & B (milk and biscuits) and stay for the supervised prep session. At 5.00pm they can dereg then, or stay and join in with the Upper School activities programme which runs until 6.00pm. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the afternoon arrangements differ due to sporting activities and matches.