The curriculum in the Upper School retains the balance of head, heart and hands of the earlier years, increasingly challenging students to stretch themselves – to explore and discover who they are and what they stand for.
Main lesson blocks in the Sciences, Humanities and Arts; weekly subject lessons in English, Maths, French, blocks of Craft; Individual and Group Projects; Outdoor Pursuits; Horticulture and Landwork; Music, Games, Bothmer exercise, trips and expeditions.
Having experienced learning whilst immersed in nature, many of our upper school students are naturally drawn to issues related to sustainability, human connection to nature, landscape or the environment.
By placing problem solving and creativity at the core of all that we teach our curriculum allows students to explore their passions and gifts for life.
Free from the constant pressures of testing and examinations, our students develop a love of learning and space to develop ideas and thinking. We believe it is that creative capacity to adapt and problem solve that gives our students something different and special to take with them, as they prepare to light up the world.
We believe that while the traditional educational model of finishing school at 17/18 years and transferring directly into university may suit some people, it does not suit everyone. We have all seen people take up a university place only to drop out in the first or second year.
We see education continuing beyond our school parameters, which allows us to concentrate on developing the relevant skills to equip young people for adult life, within an atmosphere of social inclusion.
The current state school examination system of learning how to regurgitate facts in a limited time is not the best way to learn and prepare for the future.
Without the structure and pressure of exams , we have the space and time for a more integrated curriculum encompassing experiential, immersive and self directed learning.
Skills and core values that students need in order to meet the emerging future are the abilities to act with initiative, independence, resilience, reverence, confidence, responsibility, and to work collaboratively.
In addition to that, students also learn effective communication, creative thinking, artistic and practical skills. We also believe that data analysis is another skill that will be useful in the immediate future.