The Senior School caters for Years 9 to 11 pupils. It has a more mature identity and provides pupils with a secure transition from the Junior School into the Senior School.
The Senior School still aims to offer a highly structured and caring environment in which anxieties and feelings of failure are replaced with those of success. Each pupil is made to feel welcome and secure, and is helped to fulfil his or her individual potential.
In Year 9 the general guidelines of National Curriculum are followed, with pupils accessing a broad range of subjects, as tasters in preparation for choosing GCSE options. Pupils are taught in small groups with differentiated work. Each forty-minute lesson is structured with manageable tasks to keep pupils focused and motivated. Pupils receive positive praise and encouragement and are helped with their concentration and listening skills. Every classroom is well-resourced, bright and welcoming, with displays of every pupil’s work. The pupils attend prep sessions in the evening, after supper, where work is a continuation of that done in lessons, and is clearly explained.
In Years 10 and 11, there is very restricted availability of places, with 36 pupils in each year group. Class sizes remain between 6 and 10 dependent upon the subject. The pupils study GCSE core subjects in English, Maths and Science, and choose four additional subject options from the following:
Option 1 - Media Studies, Art, Physical Education, Spanish
Option 2 - History, Motor Vehicle Engineering, Drama, Business Studies
Option 3 - Music, Additional Science, Design, Psychology
Option 4 - Geography, Home Economics, Business Studies, ICT – Cisco
For games periods, Year 9 and Year 10 students join together, whilst Year 11 students join the sixth formers. A broad extra curricular activities programme runs after school and senior preps are held during the evening, after supper.