The Senior School encompasses Years 9, 10 and 11. It is a terrifically exciting time with the girls gaining a greater sense of independence and self.
Our Year 9 girls continue to learn through the broad and balanced curriculum they have enjoyed in Years 7 and 8. They also benefit from a residential trip to Grosvenor Hall, language trips and exchanges, and in Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) they learn all about the brain and what it means to have a "Growth Mindset".
Years 10 and 11 are the GCSE years; an important time in any young person's life. While Mathematics, English, English Literature and the three sciences are core, students will also choose at least one modern foreign language, one subject from History, Geography and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE), and two further subjects which reflect their personal interests. These additional two subjects could be another language or humanity, Latin, or a creative subject (Drama, Art, Music or DT). Ancient Greek and Computer Science are also available as an additional GCSE. PSHCEE includes Sex and Relationships Education, a discussion of Rights and Responsibilities, and an exploration of what it means to be British.
Throughout the year groups, opportunities are offered for the students' personal development including the Duke of Edinburgh bronze award scheme, a trip to Alice Holt Forest, house leadership roles and the organisation of a Christmas party for local senior citizens. They also join the Sixth Form for the Life After City careers talks.
The Senior School meets together once a week for an assembly. Often the girls lead the assemblies, with themes including What it means to Fail; The Importance of Humour; and The Necessity of Compassion. Pastoral Care remains paramount.
Each girl is offered individual support through her Tutor, Head of Year and the Sixth Form Prefects. This is in addition to the support already offered by the Learning Support Centre, the Careers Department and the School Counsellors.
Mrs Susannah Gilham,
Head of Senior School