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Upper School2019-01-07T12:03:19+00:00

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Upper School pupils arrive in the Department very well prepared for the final stage of school life at Tower College. Parents Evenings ensure that parents are kept fully informed of their child’s progress and likely GCSE grade. Everyone is very aware of the GCSE examinations throughout this stage, and time is spent on careers’ advice, revision techniques and interview practice. We work in partnership with Morrisby psychometrics to help pupils make informed choices about sixth form/college education ad future career aspirations.

We are very proud of the caring, young adults who leave Tower College with the best academic results they can achieve and their talents nurtured.

ASSEMBLIES

Staff members lead assemblies on a rotational basis. Staff may include the children in these assemblies. Pupil participation includes acting, reading, poetry, providing illustrations and leading prayers. Assemblies are of a Christian and moral nature, with emphasis placed on the relevance of them to the lives of children today. Visiting speakers from churches, charities and various bodies come to inform and involve the children in charity work and other activities.

Assembly is also a time for acknowledging achievements and presenting awards in academic work, sports successes, music performances and citizenship activities. The School Head Boy, Head Girl and other prefects assist in giving votes of thanks, narrating events, and also fulfil many responsibilities around the school, gaining respect and confidence.

Appropriate Support

We ensure that appropriate support is identified and implemented for each pupil to enable them to achieve the best academic results. All progress is carefully monitored through a comprehensive tracking system.

CURRICULUM

Upper School pupils  study compulsory subjects giving them them essential skills as well as 6th form entry and option subjects. We believe that individually tailored selections are in the best interests of our pupils and means they study those subjects which play to their strengths and interests.

English Language – Pupils study formal and  creative writing skills as well as  advanced comprehension techniques.
English Literature – Pupils study a wide range of examination texts including Shakespeare, Steinbeck, JB Priestly and a number of poets.

The emphasis is on mastering problem-solving, reasoning and fluency in mathematical methods and more in-depth study of areas such as algebra and geometry.

There is now a stronger focus on the ability to read, understand, write and converse, with further cultural appreciation.

We continue to help pupils develop morally and socially with a focus on the study of religion from different perspectives, encouraging pupils to learn from the cultural, theological, philosophical and ethical aspects.

Pupils will continue to be received PSHE and Well-being education as well as regular PE lessons as part of their week. This is not subject to examination unless pupils have chose PE as an option . Topics are designed around helping the children to become confident, well-rounded young people who have a sense of responsibility to themselves and others.

Pupils with a talent for Maths will have the opportunity to take their studies to the next level.

Theoretical and practical study is combined with mathematical methods in the study of topics such as atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure and properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, energy and chemical changes and organic chemistry.

Biology – Our focus is on developing theoretical and practical understanding of topics such as cell biology, infection and response, bioenergetics, ecology, inheritance, variation and evolution and homoeostasis.

Life without computers is now unimaginable with nearly every aspect of life relying on technology. In Computer Science, pupils study computational thinking, theory, programming and aspects of software development.

Pupils focus on developing skills in understanding, performing and composing music. Being proficient vocally or on an instrument to grade four or five standard is a considerable advantage when taking this course.

On this demanding course, pupils will study theoretical and practical topics relating to areas such as energy, electricity, atomic structure, forces, magnetism and space.

Pupils build performance, leadership and team working skills as well as study related areas of science including applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, health, fitness and wellbeing, sport psychology and socio-cultural influences.

Pupils study human and physical Geography including urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and resource management.
Fieldwork is included as part of the GCSE programme.

Our focus is on specific areas of history relating to the exam board requirements including Elizabethan England, World War II, The USA in the 20th Century and Health and the British people through time.

We continue to encourage artistic appreciation and skills through study of a range of artistic themes and pupils develop a portfolio that covers four assessment objectives and includes a sustained project evidenced from initial engagement to realisation.

PUPILS CHOOSE FOUR OPTIONS

ENRICHMENT

Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme to Bronze Standard for Year 10 and 11 pupils;
Public Speaking Competitions throughout Autumn and Spring Terms for Year 11 pupils;
Model UN meetings for Year 9-11 pupils;
The School Band rehearse every Wednesday lunchtime;
Netball Awards for Year 9-11 pupils during the Autumn Term;
ISA competitions: Netball, Football, Cross-Country, Swimming and Athletics;

Ski Trip to Claviere, Italy December (1st week of the Christmas Holiday, extra charges apply);
Athletics throwing skills for Years 9-11 during the Summer Term;
GCSE Booster Sessions in Chemistry, Physics and ICT for Year 11 pupils during the Spring Term;
Board Games – Take time out to play traditional board games during the Autumn Term;
Tower Towies meet on Friday lunchtimes throughout the year for pupils to discuss topical social and moral issues;
House Music Festival takes place during the Spring Term

WHAT OUR PUPILS SAY

I have been at this school for 10 years. I Feel like I have grown in confidence a lot especially by going to MUN.

Annnabelle - Year 9

“Our school provides a safe school environment for students to achieve. It gives a wide choice of opportunities
which allow us to grow into independent individuals.

Jessica - Year 10

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