Lower School

"...comfortable environment which allows them to explore their talents and achieve their aspirations".

Our students follow a programme of study that includes:

  • English, Maths, Science, Humanities, CCD, IT, Art, Textiles, Performing Arts, Music, PE, Speech & Language, Catering, Life Skills, Learning Lodge and Self-Science
  • There are Numeracy and Literacy interventions and in Year 9, our students are assessed for specific access arrangements in preparation for public exams
  • Opportunities exist to participate in offsite activities such as: Equine Therapy & Horse Management at T.E.A.L., Horse Riding at South Farm Stables, Challenger Troop, Skills for Employment, Fishing, watersports and ski trips.

We aim to ensure a smooth transition from Year 5 to Lower School, familiarising our students at an early stage with our school ethos. By creating a positive atmosphere and culture in which everyone in the school community can develop and excel, we lay a foundation upon which to build their academic success.

With class sizes set at a maximum of 6 per class in Lower School, students thrive in a safe, secure and comfortable environment which allows them to explore their talents and achieve their aspirations. Our teaching and learning support staff are experienced and well qualified. They provide our students with stimulating learning activities and opportunities.

The broad curriculum in Lower School has a particular focus on developing the skills needed to support learning in Upper School, future employment and independent living. We work in partnership with families and students to enable every learner to lead a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.

Educational visits, off-site activities and outdoor learning opportunities take place throughout the year.

In order that students may widen their experience and find opportunities for social and personal development, Lower School provide activities designed to achieve these goals:

  • The tutor group structure, where the Form Tutor has oversight of each students' progress and well-being
  • The PSCHE programme including Anti-Bullying and Online Safety workshops
  • Extra-curricular activities e.g. Team building days at Bedgebury Forest and Bewl Water, Police Cadets (Boarding Students), Judo
  • Independent careers advice and guidance in Year 9 with CXK, an established independent careers advisory service
  • Posts of responsibility (Head Boy, Head Girl, Peer Mentors, School Council, Boarding Council)
  • Educational visits e.g. Globe Theatre, Tate Gallery, Westminster Abbey
  • Residential trips to Bewl Water, YHA Derbyshire
  • Active House System promoting collaborative participation, Inter-school sports competitions and activity days