In the Upper School, we continue to build on the strong foundations provided by the Lower School and aim to foster a passion for learning. As the children move on through the school, they are encouraged to develop more independent learning skills and are offered challenges and opportunities to help unlock their potential. Our curriculum is geared to achieving success at 11+ when the children are in Year 6 but our curriculum remains robust, vibrant and equally balanced between all subjects.
Excellent pastoral care is essential in maintaining well-being. All teachers take great interest in the children’s development and like the younger children, Upper School pupils also have a class teacher who is responsible for their pastoral care and emotional wellbeing. Many of their lessons are given by subject specialists, and special provision is made for children who need extra help or enrichment opportunities.
At every stage, the children are given an awareness and understanding of the world around them. Our curriculum is enlivened and enriched by visitors to the school, educational trips and clubs. We aim to relate academic learning to the real world beyond the classroom, whether this is with visits to the British Museum, Hampton Court Palace or a tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground. Weekly swimming lessons and Friday sports sessions at specialist local venues are also timetabled.
Our children learn to welcome new opportunities, a valuable approach to life in an ever changing world. With increased independence comes increased responsibility, and by the time our children reach Year 6, they are well prepared for tackling entrance exams and taking on Roles of Responsibility throughout the school.
Success is recognised at our annual Awards Ceremony, however, the opportunities to shine are an integral part of school life through assemblies, concerts, plays, interschool matches and competitions. We are proud of our academic record but we are also proud of our pupils’ accomplishments in music, the arts, sports and leadership.