The small classes of the Senior School foster individual development and ensure maximum attention for each student.
The Senior School
The small classes of the Senior School foster individual development and ensure maximum attention for each student. The first two years are spent studying our enriched curriculum. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and to take increasing ownership of their studies. In Years 9, 10 & 11 students undertake study of the Core subjects and a wide range of Option subjects within four Option groups, working towards GCSE and IGCSE examinations.
A wide range of both Academic, Performance and Creative Arts are offered at all levels. The close liaison between all staff provides a network of advice and support which guides students through the milestones of senior school life and beyond. Every senior school student has a Form Teacher.
Students will usually keep the same Form Tutor throughout their time at Hurst Lodge and meet with them regularly. The tutor supports the student; helps them to resolve difficulties with work and relationships, and celebrates their success. He/she is usually the first point of contact if the student, parents, or any other members of staff have any concerns about anything at school, both academic and pastoral. Self-directed study and enrichment programmes supplement the timetable. Additional support from our Learning Support Department is available.
The school officially opens at 8.15 and registration starts at 8.25am. By prior arrangement, and at extra cost, pupils may be dropped for breakfast at 7.45am or arrive at school from 8.00am. School ends at 4.00pm, but learning continues long after academic lessons finish. There is an extensive after school provision in the Performing Arts, Art, Textiles, Gardening, ICT, Life Drawing, Choirs, Cookery, Mathematics and Sport (varied throughout the year) which continue well into the evening.