My name is Gareth Burger and I am the Head of Third Form. I have a deputy, Judy Robertson, and together with the Third Form tutors, we are responsible for pupils’ pastoral care and academic progress throughout this important year.
The Third Form is an exciting and unique year, as it sees the merging of approximately 70 pupils from our Lower School with a similar number joining at the 13+ entry point. Careful attention is given to effective integration, to ensure that all pupils, both new and present, are able to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
To support this integration, each form has a form tutor who has been carefully selected based on their ability to facilitate this process and support all pupils as they progress through the Third Form. As in other sections of the School, tutor groups have about 22 pupils and each form has a form prefect who works with the tutor on both administrative and pastoral duties, including acting as a mentor to selected students where required.
Alongside the curriculum, every attempt is made to deliver a value rich education, where co-curricular participation and academic aspiration is encouraged. An appreciation that success in later life is dependent on a range of factors, ensures that all pupils are provided with opportunities to develop the independence and resilience to not only succeed in their schooling, but also beyond the classroom in later life.
Where opportunities are endless, the Third Form provides the perfect environment for pupils to grow and develop; I’d therefore encourage you to consider joining us to be part of this exciting journey!
The curriculum in the Third Form continues to offer the same breadth as the curriculum in the Lower School, while also serving as the starting point for GCSEs.
Pastoral care is a significant strength of the School and every teacher in the School has a pastoral role. The School’s 2014 ISI Inspection Report cited pastoral care as ‘excellent’ and noted that each pupil was ‘well-known and valued as an individual’ as the staff know their pupils ‘extremely well and foster an excellent atmosphere of trust and safety, leading to strong and positive relationships’.
All our pupils, from First to Sixth Form, are members of a tutor group, organised by year. The tutor is the first point of contact for parents and oversees the personal and academic welfare of pupils, through a combination of informal contact and tutor periods. Tutors meet with their tutees twice a day and play a key role in the delivery of our PSHEE programme and in ensuring that their tutees are healthy, both mentally and physically.
Coordinating the work of these tutors are the Heads of Section, who are all members of the Senior Management Team: Lower School (Years 7 & 8), Third Form (Year 9), Middle School (Years 10 & 11) and Sixth Form. A distinctive feature of our pastoral care is the supportive role played by form prefects, sixth formers chosen by a very careful selection process to assist the tutors.
The School Nurses and Chaplain make an important contribution to our pastoral provision, while the Counsellor, who is not a member of staff, is available each week for confidential consultation.
Parents can meet their child’s teachers and tutors at Parents’ Consultation Evenings and at a number of informal social occasions during the year.
|Registration Deadline:||Thursday 30 November 2017|
|Bursary Application Deadline:||Friday 15 December 2017|
|13+ Entrance Exam:||Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 January 2018|
|13+ Scholarship Exam:||Monday 29, Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 January 2018|
|13+ Music Scholarship||Thursday 1 February 2018|
|13+ Art Scholarship||Thursday 1 February 2018|
|13+ Sports Scholarship||Friday 2 February 2018|
|13+ Offers/Scholarships posted||Thursday 15 February 2018|
|13+ Acceptance of Offers||Thursday 22 February 2018|
|Registration Deadline||Friday 23 March 2018|
|12+ Entrance Examination||Thursday 7, Friday 8, Tuesday 12 June 2018|
|12+ Results posted||Friday 22 June 2018|
|12+ Acceptance of Offers||Date TBC|
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