6 forms with 32 students in each form in Year 7.
Not in Year 7 – Maths is set from Year 8 onwards and Science from Year 9.
Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, RS, PE, Drama, Music, Food, Textiles, DT, Art, Computer Science French OR German, Latin, Skills for Life.
8.15am to 3pm
There are 5 hours a day, making 25 hours a week. We have a two week timetable to allow us to deliver a broad curriculum
Some students bring a packed lunch but you can also purchase a wide variety of food from the canteen
Usually 3 subjects per day; teachers set this via Microsoft Teams
Yes, Monday to Thursday 3pm to 4.30pm in Room 11
There is a small but very dedicated and hardworking SEND team who support individual students. They have a dedicated base, the Learning Support Room (LSR), but they also support students in lessons.
The school has trained student mental health ambassadors and also promotes mindfulness. Students are also able to talk to the Student Welfare Officer and the School Counsellor.
There is an Induction Evening for parents and students and an Induction Day for students at the end of Year 6. During the school holiday, students are asked to complete some work to help their transition into Year 7. Right at the beginning of the year there is a team building day to help everyone to get to know each other and their form tutor and a range of activities continues into the first half term.
Mr Walker says he wants ‘our character to be as distinctive as our purple blazers’ and we have identified a key set of character traits which we all try to promote. These are intellectual curiosity, resilience, gratitude, courage, responsibility, compassion and commitment.
Yes – it is known as the Reading Room. It has been recently refurbished and is open to students at break and lunchtime. It is a very nice place to just sit and read.
Merits are awarded for outstanding work but also for displaying the key characteristics of the school. These are recorded and sent home via the SIMS information system. There are also two significant award ceremonies each year with many prizes given out.
Each subject area undertakes surveys of students each year to get feedback on courses and lessons and suggestions for changes for next year. In addition, the school house system allows students to discuss issues and their views are fed back to the senior leaders of the school.
Boys play rugby as part of the lessons and there is also a thriving extra-curricular rugby programme. In the summer, boys focus on cricket and athletics. Girls have a range of activities in lessons including netball in the autumn and rounders and athletics. All students also have the opportunity to study dance and student leadership is promoted in all lessons. There are very active parents associations for both rugby and netball
There are day trips to places such as Canterbury, France and Lullingstone and there is a 5 day trip to Switzerland trip at the end of Year 7. From Year 8 there are many other trips in different subject areas but also the possibility to go to Spain with a water sports holiday and to Germany for the Christmas Markets and also to be a part of the school skiing trip.
There are a wide variety of extra- curricular activities. Every subject area has clubs and they vary from the Lego Club to debating to dance. In addition, there are a wide variety of musical ensembles and the choir. There are opportunities to take part in the dance show, the school musical and the concerts. The school also supports students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award up to the Gold Award.