Years 7 and 8
The pupils are now launched into an exciting and demanding curriculum. The Common Entrance syllabus is thoroughly covered and the pupils are also challenged with a number of topics taken up to GCSE level. The teaching is innovative and stimulating and even the fundamentals of grammar in the languages taught are made as palatable as possible. Those pupils who do not display a liking for Latin receive two lessons in Study Skills where they have the opportunity to revise any areas which are proving troublesome.
The personal development of our pupils is enhanced through a timetabled SKULL (Skills, Knowledge and Understanding for Lifelong Learning) programme. To view the curriculum for the term for each subject, please click the relevant Curriculum Planner Autumn Term button on the right.
Tracking of pupil progress, both through continual assessment and objective testing, is thorough in order to ensure every pupil achieves their maximum potential. There is a regular schedule of reporting via Parent Consultation evenings and written reports, and we also have a schedule of assessments. Our schedules for the current academic year can be found here.
We have three experienced tutors with responsibility for pupils in the Upper School. Senior subject specialists also stage additional learning sessions after school in half hour blocks throughout the year to help those wishing to hone their skills, build up their Common Entrance subject knowledge and to stretch potential academic scholars. As pupils move through the school they are given opportunities to take on new responsibilities which help prepare them for their move into secondary school. Year 8 pupils can be elected as School Prefects, who represent the school and have a wide range of duties which help develop their confidence and enable them to practise a new range of skills. Other posts include House Captain, School Council Representative, Charity Committee member and Table Monitor.
The choice of Senior school is taken very seriously by Skippers Hill and, in addition to holding an annual Options Evening, Mr Lewis will meet with parents personally to discuss this important next step, considering all aspects of potential schools from academic achievement to size, location and culture.
We are proud to have achieved a 100% success rate in the Common Entrance exams over the past 20 years, with every pupil gaining a place at the school of their choice. We are also proud of our scholarship record, especially considering we are a non-selective school. Dedicated staff, motivated, self-disciplined, talented pupils and supportive parents are the ingredients in our recipe for achievement.
We enthuse, engage and empower – and have plenty of fun on the way.