Lower School

"... a respectable and nurturing environment which allows students to develop strong foundations to build upon".


The Lower School consists of KS2, Year 7 and Year 8, where we focus on creating a nurturing environment for students to feel comfortable to allow learning to take place effectively.

Lower School Inside
Lower School Outside

The corner stone of our direction is Respect & Manners and this is a key area we regularly encourage, exhibit and celebrate within the Lower School. We believe that when students demonstrate these core values or traits, their academic ability will develop as well as their social skills – ready for life in KS4 and further education.

With our ever-developing transition programme, we aim to ensure a smooth transition from KS2 to KS3, 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. To support this transition for our students, we have created a flexible curriculum in year 7 where they also follow a Primary Model to allow for stronger pastoral links and fewer transitions in the day. Being able to adapt and work with the student’s needs, both academically and socially, will allow students to grow in their own way in a more effective manner.

Lower School Horse
Lower School Archery

The broad curriculum in Lower School has a particular focus on developing the core 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. Along with the core subjects such as English, Maths and Science, students will also access a more varied subjects such as Self-Science, Learning Lodge and Life Skills.

Here in the Lower School we believe that educational visits and outdoor activities are essential in developing the entire student, this being the reason why we have put a strong emphasis on this area. Students will experience at least one alternative provision a week to further develop their social, mental and physical needs and work on areas such as collaboration, resilience and communication. Further 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, Construction, Fishing, Water-Sports and Ski Trips. Lower School Lake