11-13 Year Olds
The beginning of Senior School is an incredibly exciting time for our pupils.
Students will study English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, French and German, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Design &Technology, Music and ICT. All pupils have PE as well as Games each week.
Those that find the study of two languages difficult during the 2nd Year will be offered the opportunity to drop to a single language in the 3rd Year. The single languages we offer are French, German and beginners’ Spanish. All pupils can take up beginners Spanish as a GCSE in the 4th Year.
Small Class Sizes
Class sizes are never greater than 24 and, in Design & Technology, we limit set sizes to around 15 pupils. In practice, most 1st Year – 3rd Year classes are closer to 20 – 22 per teaching group, and as we approach GCSEs, English, Science and Mathematics aim to have smaller sets to enable a more individualised approach to the teaching and learning.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)
All students in the 1st Year through to Lower Sixth have timetabled lessons of PSHEE. Listed below are the subjects covered in the first three years.
1st Year: Settling in, Self-esteem, Praise and Criticism, Resilience , Good Friendships, Values and Goals, Learning skills, Teamwork Skills, Communication Skills, Sleep and Exercise, Balanced lifestyle, Puberty, Health Services, Bullying and abuse, Appropriate language , Internet Safety, Personal safety, First Aid.
2nd Year: Human Rights, Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination, FGM, Improving Communities, The Justice System, Peer Pressure, Groups and Gangs, Functions and Uses of Money, Money and Morality, UK Political System, Voting and Elections, Political Parties, Love and Friendship, Intimacy and Consent, Feelings and emotions, Sex and relationships education and Contraception
3rd Year: Human Rights, Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination, FGM, Improving Communities, The Justice System, GCSE options, Types of work and business, Aspiration and Employability, Enterprise, Employment Law for Young People, Forced Marriage, Stable Relationships, Separation and Divorce, Loss and Bereavement
One of the major strands of PSHEE is Sex and Relationships Education and this features in some way in all year groups. We do hope that all pupils will take part in these lessons and workshops as an important part of their education. However, parents may withdraw their son or daughter from any aspect of the programme by writing to the Headmaster. To view our SRE Policy click here.