Upper School

Years 9 – 11

As pupils move into Years 9 -11, they join one of the four Senior Houses (Grant, Latter, Smith and Whitcombe) and will remain in that House through until the end of Year 13. Normally pupils will keep the same tutor for Years 9-11.

Year 9 marks the beginning of a new and exciting stage in a pupil’s school career. Early in the school year the whole of Year 9 take part in an activities day on the Isle of Wight to help team-building.  This ensures that all pupils, including those who have just joined the school, are integrated into the year group and get to know their new tutors. A wide programme of co- curricular activities is offered on Mondays after school, specifically for Year 9 pupils. We also provide new opportunities for responsibility such as the chance to sit on one of the Pupil Councils.

In Year 10, pupils embark upon their GCSE and IGCSE courses and all that that offers in terms of challenge and excitement. There are further chances to expand their co-curricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh programme which begins with the Bronze Award in Year 10.

Towards the end of Year 10 and through the course of Year 11 pupils begin to look ahead in terms of career and Sixth Form studies. A comprehensive programme of advice, presentations and interviews, including a one to one interview with the Head for each pupil, is offered via tutors, House and Year teams and Senior Teachers in conjunction with the Careers department. In the Autumn Term a whole day and evening of events devoted to “The Sixth Form and Beyond” is organised and this is followed up by a Sixth Form Subject Forum event in January. A variety of opportunities related to career research are offered throughout this time.

We like to think about where our pupils will be when they are 25 and Year 11 is an excellent opportunity to explore their aspirations.