When our Year 7 students join us, we make sure that they feel happy, secure and confident in their new environment, so that they settle quickly, form friendships, learn successfully and develop fully their individual talents. Getting to know each student before she joins us is important; during Trinity Term, the Lower School tutor team visit the students in their primary school and we invite them to an Activity Day where they meet their tutor and form group.
Students in all year groups are organised into one of four Houses (Benedict, Duffield, Hayward and Paterson) for inter-House competitions and social activities. Named after women who have played a key role in the school’s history, they are led by staff Heads of House and offer leadership roles to the House Prefects. The House system offers opportunities for students from different years to spend more time together, develop skills such as teamwork and leadership and foster a sense of competition throughout the school.
The students participate in a wide range of excursions during their time in Lower School, which help to enrich their learning experience.
In Year 7 the students visit Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Hindu Temple, Watford. In March they go on a personal development course at Kilve Court Residential centre in Somerset which enables them to get to know each other better and to challenge themselves as individuals.
In Year 8 they visit Kew Gardens, London, We The Curious, Bristol, Lulworth Cove in Dorset and the Black Country Museum, Birmingham. They also have a challenge day, to encourage self-reliance and responsibility, which forms part of the Year 8 Personal Development curriculum.
This year we invited The Young Film Academy into school to run a One Day Film School.
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