Welcome to the Senior School (ages 12-16)
Many parents and teachers consider the years of Secondary education to be the most stressful for pupils, and the most critical for their future development. GCSE performance is more than a reflection of a pupil’s innate ability and GCSE examinations, including their coursework components, require a steady and supportive framework of classwork, homework and ongoing motivation throughout the 5 years of Secondary schooling. These disciplines and routines need to be established at the age of 11 or 12 in order to allow the student to maximise his or her potential at 16.
From the moment pupils enter the school through to sixth form and admission to top Universities, every pupil receives the highest quality of care in the context of our ‘exceptional ethos’ (Estyn Crown Copyright, 2006). Small class-sizes and a family atmosphere give our pupils the care and attention necessary to develop their full potential in a happy and safe environment. Through excellent discipline and warm encouragement, our girls and boys achieve far beyond their predicted grades. The Merit system helps to motivate pupils to achieve their full potential by rewarding excellence and effort, and lunchtime and after-school clubs give our pupils a rich and diverse education.
In addition to the full Parents’ Evenings in Spring, Meet The Form Teacher meetings in the Autumn Term provide an early opportunity in the academic year for parents/guardians to meet form teachers to discuss pupil progress and to identify any particular needs.
The teaching style throughout the school is modern and aware of current educational thinking and best practice, involving pupils in their own learning. It is also traditional in its quest for high standards, critical thought and curiosity for new learning. Modern scientific, technological and economic awareness, an outward view towards the languages of Europe, as well as to our own Welsh culture, and a strong interest in the arts and social sciences underpin our special national responsibility and contribution to the civic community, in providing the music for public worship in the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral.