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In Years 7 to 9 all pupils study a broad range of subjects. Streaming takes place in Mathematics, but all other subjects are taught in mixed-ability groups.
The Middle School curriculum (Years 10 to 11) is designed to prevent early specialisation in arts or sciences, to keep options open for AS/A level, and to provide some choice to cater for individual strengths and interests whilst, at the same time, ensuring a broadly-based education for each pupil.
All pupils study GCSE English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science (as two or three Single Sciences), at least one Humanities subject, Modern Language and Technological or creative subject. They may take more than one of these if they wish.
The Six-Day Cycle
The School operates a six-day cycle of 42 periods (7 periods per day). We start the year on Day 1, and when we get to Day 6 we begin the cycle again. There is no weekend school, apart from Saturday sports fixtures.
Resource Centres provide areas for quiet study within departments. They are stocked with books, magazines and other resources relating to the subject. These areas are used by the Sixth Form in their private study periods and during free time and by other pupils at lunchtime and after school.
The school has a Learning Support Co-ordinator, who is assisted by a classroom teacher in the Senior and Junior Schools. They organise the screening test that is given to pupils entering the school in Years 4, 5 and 7 and observation and evidence from teachers is also used to identify pupils who may have specific learning difficulties. The Learning Support Co-ordinator produces a Personal Learning Plan for each pupil who is diagnosed as dyslexic or who has any other recognised learning difficulty. Teachers give consideration to pupils with learning difficulties and provide help based on the recommendations that have been made. We also endeavour to ensure that pupils who are identified as being in need of special support receive help through outside agencies, if necessary, and through any non-specialist help that subject teachers are able to give. We wish to be sympathetic and supportive to pupils with difficulties to ensure that they fulfil their potential and are happy in their studies.
We also have a teacher trained in a specialist programme developed and promoted by the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology, known as the INPP method. This looks behind the symptoms and treats the underlying factors that are known to contribute to:
• Reading and spelling difficulties;
• Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Dyspraxia;
• Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD);
• Poor listening skills;
• Concentration and memory problems;
• Educational Underachievement;
• Poor self-confidence and self-esteem;
• Developmental Delay.
The school is able to provide this method and there are several pupils in both the Junior and Senior schools undergoing programmes at present, with beneficial results. For more detailed information about these programmes, please click here.