It has been brought to our attention that at least one school in our region has a significant level of absence possibly associated with an outbreak of the Norovirus.  If your son or daughter is absent through sickness please keep them at home for 48 hours after the sickness has passed.  We will talk with all our students, through tutors, to remind about personal hygiene (handwashing etc.).

Upper School

Welcome to the Upper School section of the website. Upper School comprises of students in Years 9, 10 and 11.

The Upper School Pastoral Team is made up of three Heads of Year, eighteen Tutors and the Upper School Administrator. Together we are responsible for the safety, wellbeing and support of the students in Upper School, carefully monitoring their progress, behaviour and attendance in close contact with parents and carers.

In Upper School, we continue the good work done in Lower School insisting on very high expectations of students in terms of their standards of behaviour, uniform and punctuality. This, combined with a positive attitude to learning ensures excellent student engagement and ultimately very good examination results.

We encourage students to have high aspirations and offer an excellent careers programme which fully supports students through the process of option choices in Year 9, a one week work experience placement in Year 10, a day of interview experience in Year 11 and continuing through to the next phase of their lives at post-16.

A lot of time is spent analysing data to ensure that all students achieve their potential when it comes to examinations. Students will be asked to set targets for themselves after assessment points in association with each subject teacher, thus we ask them to take responsibility for their own learning. There is a great deal of input with regard to examination preparation. This begins with support around the formal end of year 10 examinations through to the mock examinations in year 11 and then the final examinations in the summer of year 11. Students are offered support on writing revision timetables and there are many assemblies to discuss revision techniques and methods.

The rewards system continues and regular Reward Assemblies are used to celebrate those achieving highly within the rewards system both as individuals and as tutor groups.

Please feel free to contact myself or any of the team should you have any queries or problems whilst your child is with us as the relationship between school and home is paramount to the success of your child whilst in Upper School.

Nicola Stimson
Head of Upper School