Offering academic excellence without the pressure and with high quality pastoral care, the Secondary classes are for pupils aged between 11-16 years respectively, attending primarily on a full time basis. The classes are limited to a maximum of 12 children attending any one session.
The Secondary Classes offer a natural progression for those children who have attended the Primary Class, whilst preparing the children for taking their GCSEs. They also provide an ideal space for all children who thrive in smaller scale environments.
Since we started offering GCSEs two years ago our school has had an outstanding record, with pupils achieving an average of 8, high grade GCSEs and with an A grade average across all exams. We believe this is down to a number of factors. The excellence of our teaching staff; the thorough exploration of topics through pupil involvement in the learning process; the high level of care and respect given to our pupils; and the relaxed, stress free, small scale environment. Although our classes are well equipped, as a small school we have comparatively less facilities than a larger school, but nevertheless results are excellent in all subject areas. For example our average grade in Chemistry is presently A*, with one pupil achieving 98%, despite the absence of a dedicated science laboratory.
The school’s results for the last 4 years, which covers the period we have been offering GCSEs, can be downloaded by clicking on this link – GCSE Results 2012-15.
We now offer 14 different GCSE courses, with pupils, in consultation with parents and the school, deciding how many and how soon GCSEs are taken. Pupils can make a special request to take a GCSE course that is not currently on offer. (Please note that there may be a charge for this). The school is a registered exam centre.
The aims of the secondary classes are…
To provide an intellectually stimulating, thoughtful and inspiring environment where children have the space to be themselves, without stress, without fear of failure, without fear of bullying. To provide an environment where the views and opinions of each pupil are respected and where children are treated as equals. To provide a high quality educational programme to prepare the pupils for taking their GCSEs, whilst simultaneously meeting the individual needs of each child.
The Secondary Classes Lessons
Secondary classes lessons are always designed to be…
Enjoyable…we believe if pupils are not enjoying a subject they are considerably less likely to succeed in that subject, therefore we ensure that lessons are fun and active, with a consistent dose of good humour, because laughter is an indication of understanding.
Engaging…we believe pupils need to relate the subject matter of lessons to their own lives and experience as well as to other subjects, therefore we ensure that the pupils always see these connections through in-depth discussions throughout the lesson which involves every pupil.
Challenging…we believe that once a lesson is enjoyable and engaging the pupils are ready to be challenged and taken to the next level, therefore pupils are encouraged to think for themselves, to have the confidence to embrace new ideas and to constantly develop their awareness of themselves and the world around them.
Our school day is designed to be both flexible and resourceful. Special activities can be arranged at short notice to respond to current events and interests. We do have a timetable that we work around, however, all periods are flexible and can easily be either extended or shortened according to the needs of the class and teacher. The school is not at the mercy of the school bell. In consultation with parents and pupil we can also provide, where necessary, a learning programme specifically suited to an individual child. The outline of a typical secondary class lesson below offers a guide to how lessons are essentially structured whilst the timetable below shows how the week is structured.
Outline of a Typical Secondary Class Lesson
- Remind class of last topic area explored and relate to current topic.
- Discuss and explore.
- Practical Application – discuss how topic area is applied in every life.
- Making Connections – discuss and explore connections between topic and other topic areas and subjects.
Main Activity (involving one or more of the following)
- In depth discussion
- Group Work – Set small groups an area to explore.
- Individual research.
- Media – use video clips and programmes and/or computer programmes and websites where appropriate.
- Record through text and illustrations. Record using their own words.
- Concluding discussion, recapping the main points.
- Short quiz.
- Setting of homework.
TimetablesView the Timetables