upper school

Curriculum Aims & Objectives

  • To continue to build upon the good practices and sound learning skills acquired in the Lower School, encouraging a positive mindset and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • To introduce an increasingly broad curriculum with which to enthuse and inspire
  • To foster a love and an independence of learning which will enable all pupils to access increasingly challenging programmes of study
  • To monitor and track pupils in order to provide support and challenge where appropriate
  • To guide pupils in a nurturing environment so that they gain confidence and are equipped to take risks in their learning and in life
  • To foster personal and social skills

Children at Bishopsgate enter the Upper School in Year 3. Here, and in Year 4, they are taught many of their academic subjects by one teacher, their form teacher. They have most of their lessons in their classrooms on the newly developed first floor of the Windsor building. From Year 5 upwards the children are taught by subject specialists in subject-specific classrooms in the Jubilee Building. Although their form teacher will teach them for only one or possibly two subjects, they remain the first point of contact for all academic and pastoral issues.

Children in Upper School are prepared carefully for senior school pre-tests at age 11 and for transfer at age 13. We follow the Prep School Baccalaureate in Years 7 and 8, but our pupils also sit Common Entrance in each of the four core subjects. Those with very high academic potential are prepared for Senior School Scholarship Examinations.

An Education for the 21st Century

Alongside the teaching of a body of knowledge, we make explicit four key aptitudes that we believe will prepare our children for life in the 21st century. The aptitudes are Resilience, Curiosity, Reflection and Collaboration. In addition to a broad range of academic subjects, our curriculum enables children who are good at Art, DT, Drama, Music and PE to have their potential properly recognised.