Lower School covers Years 7, 8 and 9. It coincides with Key Stage Three of
the National Curriculum. In these first three years of the school boys
study a broad and balanced range of academic subjects: English,
Mathematics, French, German, Science, History, Geography, Religious
Education, Music, Latin, Information Technology, Design and Technology,
Drama, Art and Design.
school is proud of its sporting life, and activities in Physical Education
include athletics, basketball, cricket, cross-country running, gymnastics,
orienteering, rugby, soccer, volleyball and softball. The sporting life of
the school is designed to give each pupil a chance to develop his
potential, to learn about personal health and fitness and to develop
teamwork skills. All pupils will have the chance to experience competition
appropriate to their level by making use of House matches, school teams
and, for the elite district and county trials.
boys follow the National Curriculum towards at least ten GCSE
examinations, but not all of them work at the same pace. There is setting
in Mathematics from Year 8 onwards to group together students who can work
at more or less the same speed. Special attention is given to those who
have specific difficulties in keeping up with the curriculum and to those
who have gifts which have to be developed for their full potential to be
realised. The Heads of the Key Stages (Head of Admissions/Year 7 and Head
of Years 8 & 9) will identify those who can benefit from such personal
assistance. The Heads of Key Stages are also responsible for delivering
Personal, Social and Health Education for their part of the school.