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 GCSE study, with external examinations being taken in the final term of UC5 (Year 11). Most pupils will take 10 GCSE subjects, including Mathematics, English Language and Literature. A minimum of two separate Sciences and at least one Modern Language is recommended. Girls have a free choice of options but are encouraged to maintain a broad curriculum whilst tailored to their individual strengths and interests. They can also undertake a design-and-make project to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ).
Continuity of academic and pastoral support is key for pupils as they make decisions about their future. Their wellbeing and academic progress is overseen by the 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 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 pupils develop the life skills required for future success beyond their time at College.