Pupils join us at the age of 11, entering Year 7 either from our own Junior School or from other schools. It is also possible for older students to join other year groups if places are available.
We enjoy a strong academic reputation, which is complemented with effective pastoral support and a wide range of sport and extra-curricular activities. Entry to the Senior School is selective; our academic curriculum is designed to cater for the upper 50% of the ability range and the selection criteria is based upon this. We expect all our pupils to take 10 GCSEs before transferring to the Sixth Form at the end of Year 11.
We take our responsibilty to communicate with parents very seriously. An electronic markbook allows parents and children to track progress at their own pace and reviews are sent home at half-termly intervals. Full reports and parents evenings take place at least once a year and in some year groups, more frequently. In addition, your child’s tutor will keep you informed when issues arise and we encourage you to make contact with them should you have any concerns to share or need advice. Staff can be contacted via their email and are a visible presence in the school at key times of the day.
We share the beautiful grounds of Pitsford Hall with the Junior School and pride ourselves on nurturing a family atmosphere where your children can develop a love of learning but also of play. Our pupils can roam 25 acres of parkland, which includes woodland, orchard, tennis courts, cricket nets and extensive playing fields and gardens. There is also supervised access to the Victorian Kitchen garden - the site of our gardening club and set-a-side project. A heritage pool is now maintained as an aquatic ecosystem.
Our pupils are hard-working, fun-loving and unpretentious but develop a sophisticated awareness of the opportunities available to them and the responsibilities that these entail. They leave our school as well rounded and independently minded individuals, with excellent academic credentials, an insightful understanding of their strengths and potential, prepared for the challenges of further study and working life.