This year in Boarding, one of our key targets is to continue to develop the academic provision for our boarders.
Today, we are proud to announce that we now offer two streams of academic provision to all of our Boarding students: “Outstanding Academic Provision” and “Additional Programmes for Further Enrichment”.
Outstanding Academic Provision
Primary students receive an hour of Academic Development and an hour of Enrichment Monday to Thursday each week. During Academic Development, they work with the Head of Lower Boarding (an experienced Primary School Teacher) and a member of the Academic Team. They will read for fifteen minutes, practise their spellings and complete their ELOs with the help and guidance of the staff around them. The Enrichment programme is then designed to extend their thinking, provide them with different skills and develop their talents through themed activities of arts and crafts, sport, ICT and performing arts. Each Enrichment activity is led by one of our dedicated Boarding Assistants and a member of the Academic Team.
Secondary students receive an hour and fifteen minutes of Academic Development Monday to Thursday, in which all students (from Years 7 to 11) read for fifteen minutes, before spending an hour on their ELOs and ILTs. For years 7, 8 and 9, they are supported by either Miss Gemma (Head of Lower Boarding) or Mr Barnes (Resident Academic Tutor) along with a member of the Academic Team. Year 10 and 11 are supported by either Miss Jessica or Ms Meacham (Head of English and Resident Academic Tutor) with Mrs Cluver (Head of Chinese Support Programme) and a member of the Academic Team. Both of these year groups alternate between using the library or a classroom meaning that they continue to have access to ICT equipment and academic resources throughout their evening studies.
For our Sixth Form students, they have an especially designed study room which they can use throughout the evening from 15:30 to 21:00. At the same time as the rest of the boarders, the Sixth Form students study with Ms Drew (Head of Upper Boarding and experienced Secondary English, RE and Philosophy teacher) and are supported in their subjects as well as receiving advice and guidance on personal statements, university applications and higher level essay writing skills.
“Additional Programmes for Further Enrichment: Provision that goes above and beyond”
As well as our outstanding academic provision, in the evening we are now able to offer academic support and provision which goes above and beyond.
Our Chinese Student Support Programme (CSSP) runs at various points throughout the week and is split into two classes: KS2/LKS3 and KS3/KS4. In the first class, students are given the skills to develop their English language acquisition and vocabulary, which will support their access to the curriculum and learning in class. As their confidence grows, students who attend the KS2/LKS3 CSSP will be provided with other opportunities to extend their learning outside the classroom and receive support that goes above and beyond to help them reach their full potential.
For the second CSSP class, (KS3/KS4), students are guided and supported in both their mother tongue and English, to complete their ELOs/ILTs and learn key vocabulary specific to the subjects that they are taking. This is extremely important for our KS4 students as they prepare to take their examinations at the end of Year 11.
This year, we are fortunate enough to have two resident Academic Tutors who live on site twice a week. Ms Meacham, who is also the Head of English, provides academic tutoring and support that focuses on English/Literacy based subjects and essay writing skills: all of which are beneficial to our KS4 and KS5 students. Mr Barnes, who is a Secondary Science Teacher, offers two different academic sessions: KS3 STEM and Science and Maths Academic Tutoring. The KS3 STEM programme, aims to develop students English skills including speaking and listening, reading and writing and vocabulary acquisition through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities.