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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Middle School

The Middle School comprises three year groups: 9, 10 and 11. On entry into Middle School, students are rearranged into four new tutor groups in which they stay for the three years. In this way we ensure continuity of pastoral care and tutors are well placed to offer support through these enjoyable but sometimes demanding years leading up to I/GCSE. We are delighted to welcome a number of new entrants at this stage who are integrated into the newly formed groups.

This is a time of significant development in your daughter’s education. A sound understanding of the personal ups and downs in a girl’s life, support, encouragement and good communication are all of fundamental importance during these three formative years and we are proud of our tutoring system that enables us to take an all-round approach to a student's progress. In Middle School each tutor group has a lead tutor and a support tutor who, where possible, remain the same for the three years so that they can deliver high quality and consistent pastoral care.

There is a wealth of extracurricular activity available in Middle School and a key role of the tutor is to help students to maintain an appropriate balance between academic work and the valuable experiences outside the classroom. To help students record and value their extracurricular activities they keep a formal Record of Achievement folder which is finally presented to them along with their (I)GCSE certificates. They make most impressive reading and are a great celebration of each student's progress and success.


“There’s a really good mentoring system, with teachers, older students and your own peer group all there to help, if you need it.”

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.

In the first term of Year 9 the whole year group and the pastoral staff visit the hugely significant First World War battlefields and memorials in Belgium and France; it is a very valuable time for both students and staff to get to know one another as well as supporting the history curriculum.

The tutor team and Head of Middle School are always pleased to discuss your daughter’s progress and any issues with parents and pupils. Working together is the best way to ensure your daughter's success and happiness.


Entry to Middle School

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