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Lower to Middle

It is normal for children in Year 6 to become excited about leaving the ‘Preparatory’ environment early in the year. To this end we decided that it would be more beneficial for our Year 6 boys to be a part of the ‘Middle School’, along with Years 7 and 8. Years 9,10 and 11 make up the three-year GCSE programme and specific Enrichment Programme we have designed to work in tandem with this, to enable superior holistic education for our oldest boys.

Therefore, ‘Lower School’ comprises Reception to Year 5 inclusive. However, some Year 6 boys are appointed leaders of the ‘Lower School’: we have a Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy(s), and House Captains for our four Houses: Lancaster, Tudor, Windsor and York. There are Prefects in Year 6 too, who are expected to have a positive influence in Lower School. We have very high expectations of older boys setting an excellent example in behaviour, attitude and academia to the younger boys; therefore, having Year 5 as the top of the Lower School and appointed leaders in Year 6 serves to provide this richly.

Year 5 boys enjoy pastoral and academic guidance from their Form Teacher but are taught by specialist teachers in many of their subjects. They also use a number of resource rooms in the Main Building, including the Junior Science Lab, Design & Technology Lab and Senior Music Suite. A small school, the boys are all able to use the Sports Department resources, which are split around the whole campus, so the boys are well used to the wider learning environment.

Unlike other schools, Year 5 is the equivalent of the final year of ‘Juniors’. Therefore, behavioural and academic expectations are very high, as we wish the boys to move on to Middle School having achieved the best possible grades. We wish to send them on with the most positive attitudes to work and independence and organisational skills to match.

Mr Day, the Head of Middle School, works closely with the Head of Lower School, Year 5 Form Teachers and all tutors, to ensure a thorough pastoral and academic handover, as the boys progress into Year 6 and Middle School. Once in Year 6, they continue to be a part of Lower School for this exciting year, in which leadership and prefect opportunities enable them to be ‘at the top’ while actually starting at the beginning of Middle School.

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