The Middle School consists of S3-S5 (Years 9-11). This is a crucial period in a young person’s life, where we strive to provide an environment in which they can develop their character and mature into responsible young adults.
In the Middle School we encourage our pupils to be reflective, enthusiastic, resilient, intellectually curious, and socially responsible.
As Head of Middle School, I oversee our experienced group of Form Tutors along with two Assistant Heads of Middle School, Emma Magenty and Stefan Bridle.
Form Tutors see their tutees each morning for registration and twice a week for form period. Each Form Tutor stays with their form throughout the three years of Middle School as we believe that this provides a better opportunity to develop more meaningful relationships between them.
The Middle School culminates in the GCSE examinations at the end of S5. As well as supporting our pupils in their academic ambitions, we provide them a range of extra-curricular opportunities such as music, drama and sport. Our aim is to develop the whole individual to ensure that as well as striving for academic excellence, our pupils know the importance of helping those around them and making a positive contribution to society.
There are many opportunities to take part in expeditions and trips both in this country and abroad. In S3, all pupils experience camping and team building activities in the Peak District and are encouraged to start the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. In S4, we take the whole year group to the Lake District for a week of outdoor adventure activities.
Throughout the Middle School, all pupils have the opportunity to represent their forms in the School Council. In S5, pupils can gain leadership experience as Middle School Monitors.
Great care is taken to provide opportunities for each individual to think through their GCSE options in S3 and A Level choices in S5. Form Tutors, subject teachers, parents and students all have a vital role to play in ensuring each pupil’s choices represent their interests, abilities and longer-term aspirations.
The Middle School is a fantastic time for our students, full of opportunities, challenges and excitement. It is my privilege to ensure we also make it a successful and enjoyable time.
Mr Matthew Morton – Head of Middle School