In the Middle School our aim is to present a wide-ranging curriculum that is intellectually stretching, creatively challenging and one that develops individuals personally: it intends to provide them with a good base of knowledge and skills for the Sixth Form and adult life.
Pupils in the Removes and the Fifths work towards GCSE courses. Most take between nine and eleven GCSEs. All pupils take the core subjects of English Language and Literature (two GCSEs), Mathematics, and Science (two or three 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 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. GCSE examinations are taken at the end of the Fifth Form.
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 activities are essential aspects of the Middle School co-curricular programme. Through enlisting in the CCF or taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, there are also many opportunities for service, skills, recreation and expeditions.
2018-20 Middle School Guide
2017-2019 Middle School Guide
Heads of Removes: Dr Stewart Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Fifths: Mr Matt Browning email@example.com