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Lower & Middle School (11 - 16yrs)

  • Lower & Middle School (11 – 16yrs)
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Rishworth Senior School is organised into three sections. Aside from the Sixth Form the two main sections within the School are the Lower School (Years 7-8 / ages 11-13) and the Middle School (Years 9-11 / ages 14-16).


Lower School (ages 11-13)

Pupils joining Rishworth School at the age of 11 in Year 7 join the Lower School which incorporates both Years 7 and Year 8. Within each year group there are three form groups each with their own tutor who is responsible for overseeing the academic and pastoral welfare of the pupils in their care – normally 15-20 pupils. The Form Tutor is the first point of call for parents if they need support or information about their son or daughter. Tutors are supported by the Head of Lower School (Mrs Kim Fraser) who is ultimately responsible for the pupils within this section.

 

Pupils within the Lower School follow a broad curriculum through Years 7 and take the same subjects largely in mixed-ability tutor groups, although setting will take place in Mathematics along the lines of ability, during the year.

 

The subjects studied in Year 7 are:

 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Geography
  • History
  • French and Spanish
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • IT and Computing
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Religious Studies
  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
  • Games and PE

 

The subjects studied in Year 8 are the same as those studied in Year 7, however, pupils will choose to study either French or Spanish and both Mathematics and English will be taught in ability sets.


Middle School (Ages 13-16)

The Middle School incorporates Years 9-11. Within each year group there are three form groups each with their own tutor who is responsible for overseeing the academic and pastoral welfare of the pupils in their care – normally 15-20 pupils. The Form Tutor is the first point of call for parents if they need support or information about their son or daughter. Tutors are supported by the Head of Middle School (Ms Jessica Sheldrick) who is ultimately responsible for the pupils within this section.


Year 9

Is the final year within what we often describe as Key Stage 3 and the pre-GCSE preparation year. Pupils retain a broad curriculum and study the same subjects as they do in Years 7 and 8 except they are now taught in sets that are organised by ability in Maths, English and Science.

 

During Year 9, pupils will have the opportunity to select the courses that they would like to study at GCSE level.


Years 10-11 (GCSE)

Currently, the majority of GCSE courses are delivered over two years although some subjects, such as Science, start covering GCSE material in Year 9. The GCSE (General Certificate of Education) is the qualification that all students within the UK work towards at the age of 16 as a general statement of progress.

 

Whilst the pupils have the opportunity to tailor their course of study to a degree at this stage of their education, they must still study the core subjects.


Core Subjects

The core subjects taken by all pupils are:

 

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • A language: French, Spanish, English as a Foreign Language, Learning Support

 

Optional Subjects

Pupils will choose three subjects to add to this core from the option list below:

  • Art and Design,
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Higher Level Science
  • History
  • IT
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology

 

In addition to this all pupils have Games and PSHCE within their curriculum.

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