Middle School (Remove and Fifth Form)
In the Middle School our aim is to present a wide-ranging curriculum that stretches our pupils intellectually, challenges them creatively, develops individuals personally and provides them with a good basis in knowledge and skills for the Sixth Form and adult life.
Pupils in the Removes and the Fifths work towards GCSE courses. Most take between 9 and 11 GCSEs. All pupils take the core subjects of English Language and Literature (2 GCSEs), Mathematics, and Science (2 or 3 GCSEs), and four optional subjects of which one is expected to be a Modern Foreign Language. We encourage pupils, wherever possible, to choose at least one creative subject (from Art, Design & Technology, Drama and Music) and at least one humanity (from Geography, History and Religious Studies).
At the same time, we try to provide flexibility within the programme, and, wherever possible, to respond to individual needs. We look to stretch the most able by providing the opportunity for them to take some GCSEs early and to take up some AS subjects in the Fifth Form. Equally, those for whom the standard nine GCSEs provide too great a challenge are allowed to drop one subject to free some time in their curriculum. The majority of our pupils, however, should continue to take GCSE qualifications at the end of the fifth year.
In addition to their GCSE studies, pupils have an enrichment programme of lessons designed both to aid their personal development and to broaden their options for the Sixth Form. Our aim is the provision of a curriculum which will prove efficacious in itself whilst also providing our pupils with the best possible preparation for their future university courses.
Pupils should certainly be stretched and working hard, but this is also an essential stage for the development of their individuality and creative talents. The opportunities for music, drama, sport and other ‘after hours’ activities are essential aspects of the Middle School co-curricular programme. Through enlisting in the CCF or taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, there are also many opportunities for service, skills, recreation and expeditions.
Head of Middle School: Mr Mark Orders: email@example.com