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:||Saturday 30 November 2019|
|Bursary Application Deadline:||Friday 13 December 2019|
|13+ Entrance Exam:||Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January 2020|
|13+ Scholarship Exam:||Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January 2020|
|13+ Music Scholarship:||Thursday 30 January 2020|
|13+ Art Scholarship:||Thursday 30 January 2020|
|13+ Sports Scholarship:||Friday 31 January 2019|
|13+ Offers/Scholarships made:||Friday 14 February 2020|
|13+ Acceptance of Offers:||Thursday 27 February 2020|
|Registration Deadline||Friday 5 April 2019|
|12+ Entrance Examination||Thursday 6, Friday 7 and Tuesday 11 June 2019|
|12+ Results posted||Friday 21 June 2019|