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Upper School

The Upper School, housed in the main Georgian building, provides a quality education for students from 11 to 16 years.

Students from the Lower School are assessed prior to progression to the Upper School. External candidates are required to take the Year 7 entrance exam.

Our aim is the very best GCSE grades possible for each student. All lessons, including creative and expressive subjects are taught in specialist teaching facilities.

A faculty structure ensures cohesion between departments.

Students are offered opportunities to visit local theatres and museums, they also go on geography field trips to support classroom studies. Each year offers a new opportunity to visit others countries, especially those whose language is taught back at school.

In years 8 and 9 students benefit from an option programme to help them make informed choices on which subjects to study at GCSE in years 10 and 11.

Work experience is organised for year 10 students and usually provides an enjoyable experience of industry, business and commerce. The majority of year 10 students will sit some early GCSE’s.

Years 10 and 11 are probably the more pressured years in a student’s school life. They meet their first public examinations and are under considerable pressure to succeed as their choice of sixth form education is dependent on the outcomes of the GCSE examinations.