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Senior (Y7 - Y11)
From the age of 11 (Secondary School Year 7) children enter the Senior School and have the opportunity to flourish academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually in our family environment. An independent school with small class sizes provides a unique learning experience across a wide ranging curriculum, and a huge variety of extra-curricular activities. In the Senior School we have two classes in each year group allowing teachers to give individual support and guidance to each pupil according to their needs and abilities. Our students gain self-confidence through the knowledge that they are valued as individuals, each recognised for their own strengths and talents. Numbers per class are very much lower than in the state school model where children can feel lost in clases of 30 or more.
At The Park School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to promote independent learning, reward achievement, celebrate success and nurture the talents of all. Our commitment to small classes and a flexible approach allows us to offer differentiation and personalisation for pupils with a variety of gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is equip our pupils with a solid foundation for future study giving them independence, confidence to think for themselves and to be active learners.
All year groups follow a comprehensive PSHE course appropriate to their age. For further information, see our Policies page.
In year 9 all pupils study English or EAL, Mathematics and follow a timetable providing experience of a broad core curriculum, which includes three Sciences, Humanities, two Languages, Art, Music and Drama, Computer Science, Religious Studies and Physical Education.
Y10 + Y11 Curriculum
In years 10 and 11, all pupils study English Language and English Literature or EAL, Mathematics, Combined or Separate Sciences, Religious Studies and Physical Education. They may choose a further four subjects as detailed in the GCSE Subject Booklet in the menu. The choice of additional subjects includes: Art & Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Drama, DT Product Design, DT Food Preparation & Nutrition, French, Geography, History, Music, Spanish and BTEC Sport.
For more information, please see our Curriculum Policy.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Where English is not a student’s first language, they are offered specialist English Language teaching to prepare them for the iGCSE English exam. In addition, students have individual or small group language tuition and additional support with technical vocabulary related to their other GCSE subjects. EAL students are also entered for GCSE and A level exams in their native language.