For pupils joining in the First and Second Forms, their transition from Year Six is smoothed by entry into The Berrystead or Scott House, our junior boarding and day Houses respectively, where the pastoral base provides room to learn, play and grow. The pupils follow an autonomous curriculum taught by the School’s specialist teachers, and enjoy the benefit of the full range of opportunities and facilities of a large school.
In the Third Form, pupils join a senior boarding house or Laxton, our senior day house, and begin to assume more independence and responsibilities within the School community. The core curriculum comprises the Humanities and Science, as well as Latin and Modern Languages. Options include the Arts, Sports Science, Computing and Design Engineering Technology.
Teaching is a creative practice and we encourage our teachers to share their interests and expertise beyond their subject specialism. In activities from Shakespeare Day to House Debating, every pupil engages in new experiences that challenge and inspire. In the pursuit of “interestingness”, Third Form pupils take the Trivium course, individually designed by each teacher, placing learning for its own sake at its heart. Each week, we have a lesson dedicated to reading, giving pupils the opportunity to think and let imaginations run free. It is important for pupils to have time to enjoy reading for pleasure, while also forming good habits, developing vocabulary, and learning how to better express themselves.
Annual events for the Second Form include a cross-curricular Culture Week, during which pupils examine the links between subjects and further their knowledge and enthusiasm in a range of academic disciplines. In the Third Form, each set attends a week-long information literacy course in the Library, learning how to balance critical judgments about information sources and navigate the digital world, and in so doing, become more responsible readers, learners and citizens.