Years 7 to 11 are the Year Groups in the Secondary phase of Gildredge House where the emphasis is on high academic attainment, individual study and preparation for success in examinations.
We are fortunate in having highly-qualified and experienced teachers in all areas and, therefore, there is an expectation that, from the outset, the learning is exciting and full of enthusiasm. Students are encouraged to take an active part in their lessons and we strive to utilise meaningful differentiation to enable every student to engage and make progress.
Years 7 and 8 Curriculum
In Years 7 and 8, students are taught most of the time in classes of 30. In Year 7, these are their Tutor 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.
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. Students in Year 7 learn German in the Autumn Term, French in the Spring Term and Spanish in the Summer Term. They are then asked to choose their two preferred Languages which they continue learning in Year 8.
As a Free School, we have the freedom to set our own curriculum which is skills-based 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.
Years 9 to 11 Curriculum
In Year 9, the foundations are laid for the qualifications which will be studied in Years 10 and 11. Gildredge House offers a rigorous curriculum which allows students to study topics in depth and develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education.
Teachers increasingly look to students to take charge of their own studies. They help to guide a student through the key parts of the course and they will set assignments that will develop understanding, but they also expect the student to take over the principal responsibility for his or her own learning. For full details of our Years 10 and 11 curriculum, please download our GCSE Options Booklet 2020.
Subject Specific Interventions
Students in Years 10 and 11 have the option to attend subject specific interventions. Attendance at these intervention sessions is by invitation only and staff make professional judgements as to which students should attend based on GCSE progress data.
Please note: Twilight Activities are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students in Years 7 and 8 have the option to undertake Twilight Activities after Independent Study three days per week, until 5.00pm. Twilight Activities are optional and are on a first-come first-served basis.. These sessions are run by school staff and give an exciting dimension to school life.
Please note: Extra-Curricular Sport Activities are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students can, if they wish, opt in to an extra-curricular Sport programme that runs until 4.00pm, three days per week.
For students in Years 10 and 11 who have not been invited to attend subject specific intervention sessions, they can opt in to the extra-curricular Sport programme that runs until 4.00pm, three days per week.