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Upper School

From Year 3 we can accelerate the children's educational progress and our unique PAL curriculum is designed to meet the rigours of Senior School entry examinations whilst providing a breadth of skills and knowledge as a strong foundation for the future. 

By now the children are used to moving around the School to specialist subject areas and they are able to take full advantage of all of our resources and facilities.  The Innovation Centre gives exceptional access to the potential that advanced technology can offer, and is the hub of our maths and creativity teaching.  Alongside this, the children use specialist science laboratories, art and DT facilities, and the full sports facilities for which we are also renowned. 

Teaching is carefully planned and individually monitored, and our Tracking Tutor system gives real advantages both to the children and their teachers.  

There is more on PAL elsewhere on this website, but it focusses on developing the critical life skills:

  • Individual brilliance and belief

  • Creativity

  • Problem solving – the ability to collect, present and analyse information

  • Critical thinking – the ability to ask questions and make hypotheses

  • Leading, co-ordinating and co-operating with others

  • Communicating and presenting – written, verbal, physical and technical

  • Achieving goals – ambition, aspiration, pride in success

So the PAL Curriculum is divided into three areas:

CORE

EXTENSION

LIFELONG LEARNING

  • English
  • Science

Building an individual, questioning approach to the four elements

  • Maths
  • Communication and Languages
  • Living – Biology, Geography and our environment
  • Reasoning
  • Humanities – History and Geography
  • Being – Philosophy, Culture, RS and History
  • IT and STEAM
  • Visual Arts
  • Create – enterprise, digital learning and producing
  • 11+
  • Sport
  • Endeavour – challenge, performance and exploration

 

  • PSHCEE

 

 

Upper School pupils play in the School orchestra and band and sing in the choirs, and all children take part in regular sports fixtures and drama productions.  There are numerous opportunities to explore wider skills such as public speaking, debating, creative arts, golf, sailing, gymnastics, and dance, and these are available both within the school day and as extra-curricular clubs.  We also arrange school trips to interesting places, with residential visits for the older children.

The aim of Upper School is to develop happy, confident children whose brilliance has been found and developed, who enjoy learning and who senior schools will be keen to have within their communities.  Beyond that, of course, what we are really trying to do is give the childred the best possible foundation for the rest of their lives, based on core knowledge and strong personal and interpersonal skills, and the happy self-confidence to grow and matured into responsible and successful adults who can enjoy life to the full.