Each year boys and girls join the school for Years 7 and 8. In some cases children have not been allocated a suitable school place, and in others, parents wish their child to spend another two years preparing for the appropriate senior school.
It is a little known fact that at many selective senior schools, 13+ is less competitive than 11+ with fewer applicants. In addition, some children are not ready for a large senior school and benefit from another two years at the top of a prep school. Here they can mature to be ready for a larger environment at 13+ and experience responsibilities such as Head and Deputy Boys, and Head and Deputy Girls and positions on the school council. This builds confidence and gives pupils opportunities not usually available at this stage in a senior school.
Naturally there is a strong academic focus. We carefully monitor pupils’ progress to enable the school to track each child. This assists parents, with the support of the Executive Head and Head of School, in choosing the appropriate senior school for their child. Pupils are taught each subject by a specialist teacher, allowing them to be immersed in that subject by knowledgeable, inspiring staff.
Individual subject teachers ignite a passion for their individual area of study. The curriculum includes verbal and non-verbal reasoning and the following subjects:
- Religious Education
- Critical Thinking
Children also take part in the following activities:
At Clifton Lodge we appreciate the importance of good, motivating sports tuition for health, teamwork and achievement. Sport is played on two days each week with matches and competitions throughout the year. One lesson is on-site and there is a two-hour lesson off-site. In the autumn we play football & netball, in spring, hockey and in the summer, cricket, rounders and athletics rounded off with our Sports Day. We have some excellent sportsmen amongst our pupils and their passion and enthusiasm has been rewarded with significant success.
The main aim is to develop pupils’ musical ability; this is encouraged through individual and group music-making activities. Pupils follow units of work through listening, composing and performing tasks whilst also studying music theory. They continue to play the tin whistle along with keyboards. Many types of music are studied in this key stage which creates the foundation for study at GCSE.
There are also visiting peripatetic teachers to individually teach piano, violin and guitar.
Clubs are held Monday-Thursday before and after school. The clubs draw on the interests and talents of our teachers with some additional visiting specialists. Clubs change each term and are run before school (8.15am) and after school until 5.30pm.
Trips, Visits and Drama
Each November Year 7 & 8 pupils visit a residential centre where Year 7’s enjoy outdoor activities and Year 8’s complete their Geography Common Entrance coursework. In addition, there are school trips each term, with an optional skiing trip every two years. For pupils interested in Drama and Music, there is an end of year drama production and performances throughout the year.
Great! The head is available to offer my son one to one coaching/advice during preparations for 13+ assessment and interview.
Quality of marking and feedback is outstanding and is a real feature of why progress is so excellent.