Lower School life

At Wheatley Park we begin working with many of our students in our partnership primary schools long before they start with us in the September of year 7. Projects have included working with Garsington Opera and Thrift Music Theatre including Photography, Singing, Film-making and Drama.

Our transition programme is tailor made to the needs of all students and parents with extra provision for those coming from outside the partnership and for those students with Special Educational Needs or those needing extra support in making the important first steps into learning at secondary school.

We are always open to talk to prospective parents and students andwelcome visitors to come and look at our school in action any working day of the year.

In year 7 and 8 we help students to develop their learning skills through a broad, exciting curriculum.

Year 7 students are grouped into form groups with the emphasis on supporting students to make excellent progress in all subjects. Every student has academic guidance and any student who is not on track to reach their targets is given additional support. As we get to know students and they have established good learning relationships with their peers we being to change groupings to ensure our learning ethos is focussed and appropriately challenging for all our learners.

We are proud of our pastoral work in the lower school and the work of the lower school student leaders. We work with students from year 11 who assist in the smooth running of tutor activities and our students also have opportunities to work with the Head Boy and Head Girl led Student Ministries.

Partnership with parents is important to us and we welcome opportunities to discuss the progress and well being of all our students throughout the year.

We encourage participation and leadership in learning and offer a broad programme of additional learning opportunities to enrich the curriculum. In year 7 this includes the very popular year 7 camp and in year 8 a day trip to France, alongside numerous opportunities in Sport and the Arts and other clubs.

Celebrating success is important to us in the lower school and a key focus in assemblies and tutor time. Heads of Year set challenges for their year team to encourage team work and work together and to develop independent learning skills. Recent PHSE projects have linked year 7 with the Olympic Game preparation ‘Be the Best you can Be’ and have encouraged students in year 8 to raise money for charity and to set themselves targets and goals as part of out Motive8 programme.

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