Years 7 to 8

Year 7 and Year 8 are the year groups in the secondary phase of the Middle School at Gildredge House.

We are fortunate in having highly-qualified and experienced teachers in all areas and therefore there is an expectation that, from the outset, lessons are outstanding and the learning is exciting and full of enthusiasm. Students will be encouraged to take an active part in their lessons and we will utilise cutting edge IT and meaningful differentiation to enable every student to engage and make progress.


In Year 7 and 8, students are taught most of the time in classes of 20. In Year 7 these are their Tutor / House groups; whereas in Year 8 these are new teaching groups with a mixed ability profile. In order to support learning in some subjects, including Mathematics and Languages, in Year 8 teaching sets may be somewhat larger or smaller than this number, but no greater than 26.

In Years 7 and 8, we continue the building of a solid foundation in English language skills and numeracy and begin to extend students’ understanding and knowledge of Science and Technology, Humanities, Languages and the Arts. French and Latin are taught from Year 7 and the languages on offer broaden to include Spanish in Year 8.

We broadly follow the Cambridge Secondary skills-based curriculum with a focus on academic rigour and inquiry, and an individual’s increasing independence and responsibility for their own learning and progress. In Years 7 and 8 students are taught by specialist teachers in mixed ability groups for all subjects. For full details of our Year 7 and 8 curriculum, please download our Curriculum Booklet below.

Prep & Homework

Prep (short for Preparation) is undertaken in supervised study sessions at the end of the day. This is an extension of the students’ learning in class and helps to consolidate and reinforce the skills and understanding developed within lessons as well as providing an opportunity for students to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed for effective and independent study.

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We are a fully inclusive, non-selective school and a key expectation is that all students will be provided for in lessons through meaningful differentiation. In addition to this, students who require further support may be removed from classes for individual tuition either by a member of teaching staff, or undertake group activities during ‘support’ sessions each week. Details of these will be sent to relevant parents after the start of term. Previous assessment data and baseline assessments undertaken in the early part of September will also allow us to identify our students’ strengths and areas for development. Students who are identified as having particular abilities or talents will be supported again, through differentiation within classes, but also the ‘Challenge’ sessions each week. There will also be Twilight sessions that these students can opt into.

Twilight Activities

It is an expectation that every student in Years 7 and 8 takes part in the Twilight Activities at school. During the first few days of the new school year, students will be asked to partake in Taster Sessions and then opt for the activities they would like to take part in during the term ahead. These sessions are run by school staff and local providers and give an exciting dimension to school life.

Twilight Activities Booklet (PDF)


Gildredge House uses two suppliers for Middle School uniform: Price & Buckland and Brigade. Click on the images below to be transferred to the relevant site. Our Uniform Policy can be found here



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