A caring environment for pupils to achieve their best
Our Senior School takes 11-year-old children and develops them into impressive young adults – academically accomplished, but also well prepared for a much wider range of choices and challenges.
Between the ages of 11 and 16 our pupils learn under the diamond model. This means that boys and girls are taught separately for their academic studies, but mix freely at other times. We do this because it works! When teaching is adapted to take into account gender differences during adolescence, the academic performance of all pupils improves.
The school is large enough to offer a rich choice of specialist activity within an unusually flexible curriculum. We also offer a high quality of pastoral care to ensure that your child always feels happy and ‘at home’. A generous teacher-pupil ratio (1:10 across the school), small class sizes (25 at most but in practice usually fewer), a discrete provision of separate space for each year group, and an exuberant house system all contribute to a warm, friendly atmosphere that children really appreciate.
Each pupil belongs to a small mixed form group, run by a tutor who meets the group at least twice a day. This tutor will get to know your child well and will be your first and most informed point of contact with the school. All tutors are contactable by email, and will provide a rapid response to any questions and concerns from parents.
Prioritising pastoral care undoubtedly pays dividends. Pupils perform better by any measure, whether in or out of the classroom. They are more confident and optimistic, better behaved, more socially integrated and team orientated while remaining distinct, increasingly characterful individuals.
Last but not least, we are resolutely a multi-faith school, as we consider this vital to the promotion of tolerance and understanding. Religious assemblies are provided for the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths; and we require religious studies to be taken by all pupils at GCSE.
The school provides an excellent curriculum that is well planned, wide-ranging and enriching, together with an outstanding variety of extra-curricular activities. It meets its aim of offering balanced education that is suitable for pupils of all ages, aptitudes and interests highly successfully.
Independent Schools Inspectorate 2011