Lower Senior School – Years 7 and 8
During their time in the Lower Senior School, pupils will truly become independent learners. They will experience expert teaching from subject specialists, in our brand new facilities – giving children the best opportunity to gain further knowledge in all subjects.
Based on our extensive knowledge of how to get the best from young people in years 7 and 8 we deliver a balanced, broad and vibrant curriculum that is based on the very best principles of the ISEB (Independent Schools Examinations Board) and supported by our Downsend Diploma.
The Downsend Diploma is designed by the School and in conjunction with a variety of local Senior Schools, as an exciting and innovative award. It comprises a rigorous academic core – combining the best of the ISEB syllabus with the Middle Years International Baccalaureate (IB) and development programmes including the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The award recognises and rewards a broad range of areas: academic; citizenship; creativity; leadership and physical and enables children to develop a fully rounded self-awareness before progressing on to the further rigours of their GCSE programme.
We are currently working on our integrated curriculum for the Senior School and will be updating the detail on these pages imminently.