After Year 5, boys continue their journey through St John's Beaumont School into the Upper School where they will be growing into young men for others and prepare for their common entrance exams under the headship of Mrs Dos Santos.
Our Upper School covers Years 6 to 8 (our year groups are named Lower Figures, Upper Figures and Rudiments respectively). In Upper School there is a strong emphasis on encouraging boys to engage even more actively in their learning, through a meta-cognitive awareness of how they learn and make relationships.
Time is spent not just developing knowledge in preparation for their examinations but also learning how to support each other and the wider school and local community. Their excellent exam results are the result of a broad curriculum that meets not just their academic but also their personal needs and allows them to see the benefits of focussing their time and efforts on the needs of others as well as themselves.
Teacher/pupil relationships and the ability to see each boy as an individual remain vital to the boys’ learning and this is achieved through their subject-specific teachers offering many sports, activities and trips and acting as personal tutors, in which they see the boys from many different perspectives. In the Upper School, each boy will meet with his personal tutor at least twice a week.
We retain a strong focus on examination preparation by offering study skills workshops which involve parents as well as teachers
Despite the hard work that is inevitable as examinations approach, there is still a lot of fun in the Upper School: bushcraft, water-sports, team-building, activity days and discos are a small selection of how our boys let their hair down together.