The Middle School Curriculum (13-16 yrs)
Building on the excellent foundations established in the Lower School, we offer a wealth of opportunities and challenges for our Middle School pupils. Whilst the attainment of excellent results in public examinations is very much the focus of these years, we also aim to equip our pupils with skills, knowledge and experiences that go beyond the exam syllabus to prepare them for their post-16 studies and beyond.
In Form 3 we provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which develops pupils’ academic skills and allows them to explore their own specific interests and strengths. The Form 3 Project – a cross-curricular series of events and activities - provides pupils with opportunities to work outside the classroom, to tackle problems in teams, and to develop and improve communication and leadership skills. There is a plethora of exciting and challenging experiences on offer, including:
- touring the First World War battlefields in France;
- camping for three days at Rutland Water;
- completing a Library-led independent research project;
- staging a play in a single day.
In Forms 4 and 5 most pupils study 10 subjects at GCSE or IGCSE, with a mix of compulsory and optional courses and they build wider skills through:
- one of our three Service Options (the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (D of E), Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Voluntary Action (VA);
- the Form 4 Project – a 2-day project enabling pupils to further develop their team-working, research and presentation skills, and to increase their national and international awareness.
Our excellent careers guidance formally begins during these years, which, in tandem with the academic and extra-curricular activities in place, helps pupils to develop greater self-knowledge and prepare them well to make their post-16 choices.
I joined Oakham in 2006 as a Classics Teacher and was a Resident Tutor for 18 months in Haywoods House before joining Barrow as the Senior Tutor in September 2012 and taking on the role as Middle School Chair of Year Tutors – Form 3 in September 2015. I am a very keen sportsman, having coached rugby, hockey and cricket teams at Oakham. My personal interests include cycling and running in the Rutland countryside and walking and swimming along the British coastline, especially Cornwall with my wife Charlotte and young son Douglas.