Upper School

Upper School

Mr S. Jamieson Senior Assistant Vice Principal

Mrs A. Mansfield Head of Upper School

Mrs C. Traynor Assistant Head of Upper School

Miss C. Murray Assistant Head of Upper School


Year 9 Form Tutors:
Miss L. Fielding
Miss T. Foster
Mrs Achilleos
Miss S. Convery
Mr H. Woolley

Year 10 Form Tutors:
Mr N. Hill
Miss M. Johnson
Miss K. Cooper
Mr T. Lamb
Mr J. Deakin

Year 11 Form Tutors:
Mrs L. Calderbank
Miss L. Nuttall
Miss K. Smith
Miss A. Sanchez Motos
Miss B. McLean


During this changing educational environment, we are committed to ensuring that all of our students reach their full potential at GCSE level. Years 9, 10 and 11 form our Upper School and we feel that this is the best way of ensuring that all students can be supported and guided over the course of three years in order to achieve and even exceed their targets.

In Year 9, all students will begin their GCSE studies in the core subjects, that is, Maths, English Language, English Literature, Citizenship and at least one Modern Foreign Language. For all other subjects, students will still be taught in their form classes. Nevertheless, we feel that starting their GCSE studies in the core subjects in Year 9 helps our students to make excellent progress.

In Years 10 and 11 we offer a broad range of GCSE subjects. In addition to the core subjects, students will also study either Co-ordinated Science Double Award or the 3 separated Sciences. They may also choose from a wide range of optional subjects including Art and Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Drama, Geography, Graphics, Health and Social Care, History, Food Technology, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Sociology and Textiles. Teaching and learning takes place in ability sets for the core GCSE subjects and in mixed ability groups for optional subjects. 

Academic support is offered in the form of our Intervention Programme which is tailored to students’ individual needs. Intervention strategies include Form Tutor support for all students in the form of Study Skills and time management. Our Enrichment Programme offers subject specific sessions during lunchtime and after school, as well as Additional Study Sessions on Saturdays and during some holidays. Numeracy and Literacy support are also offered to specific students. Targeted Year 11 students are mentored by our Progress Coordinator. Students meet with mentors to discuss progress, enrichment attendance and set targets. Sixth Form students also collaborate to work as subject mentors, supporting specific students during morning and after school intervention sessions.

Pastoral support and guidance are provided by Form Tutors, the Assistant Heads of Upper School and the Head of Upper School, who work in conjunction with the Inclusion Team and School Counsellor when necessary.
Careers Education is integrated into the PSHCE programme and all students receive individual Careers Meetings with our Careers Advisor.

Homework continues to form an integral aspect of student learning in the Upper School and is set for all subjects in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students are encouraged to take more responsibility for their own learning and organisation at this level.

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11