Upper College Curriculum
Upper College provides a transition from the more structured Lower College to the Sixth Form, with its increased freedom and independence.
Our pupils develop this independence in a supportive atmosphere throughout Upper College, experiencing a variety of exciting opportunities that challenge them intellectually and allow them to develop as individuals.
The main academic focus within Upper College is the GCSEs, with external examinations being taken in the final term of UC5 (Year 11).
Continuity of academic and pastoral support is key for the girls as they make decisions about their future. Their wellbeing and academic progress is overseen by Dr David Gamblin as Head of Upper College. They remain with their existing Junior House and also continue with their Lower College Tutor, who has helped facilitate the GCSE options process with them during the previous year.
Their Tutor remains with them for the duration of Upper College and continues to provide guidance and mentoring, with support from the Professional Guidance Centre on career advice, work experience, and subject options as the pupils move into the Sixth Form.
Education of the whole girl requires more than academic focus, with physical, spiritual, moral and social development being equally important. There are many enriching co-curricular activities and clubs, and music, drama and sporting pursuits, all of which help the girls develop the life skills required for future success beyond their time at College.