Senior School (Years 6 to 8)
Years 6, 7 and 8 form the Senior School at Stroud. We teach all of our students on the same site, which alleviates the pressure on what can be an anxious transition into secondary education.
Our senior pupils have a form tutor to look after their pastoral needs, but are taught all lessons by subject specialists. Smaller classes in Years 7 and 8 mean the pupils still benefit from Stroud’s pupil-focused and nurturing approach, whilst also experiencing the full range of subjects offered in the lower years of secondary school. Through setting by ability for many subjects, each child receives targeted support and appropriately-paced lessons.
We incorporate exam preparation into lesson time without it dominating the general teaching of core skills and knowledge. We do our utmost to prepare pupils for a range of scholarships and entrance requirement to senior independent and maintained schools. Children in Year 6 and Year 8 have the opportunity to sit entrance exams to a variety of senior schools, including our senior school, King Edward VI.
Opportunities for sport, drama, music, art and other extra-curricular activities are encourage in the Senior School. Children can take full advantage of these in ‘Prep’ time. However, we work with them to ensure that they can balance any co-curricular commitments with the demands of homework.
Residential trips remain a highlight in the memories of many ex-Stroud children. Year 6 pupils visit France each summer, Years 7 and 8 go to Barcelona every other year and all years incorporate a range of trips and visits during their academic year.
Our destination schools for pupils moving on in 2020 were: Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Canford School, Dauntsey’s School, Embley, Godolphin School, Gregg School, King Edward VI School, Lord Wandsworth College, Mountbatten School, Ringwood School, Sherborne School, South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, St Swithun’s School and Westgate Secondary School.
Overall we had a very high entrance examination pass rate at 92% for both Years 6 and 8, with six scholarships being offered in Year 6 and a further five being offered to leavers in Year 8.