Prep - Years 6,7 and 8
EDUCATION IS NOT THE LEARNING OF FACTS, BUT THE TRAINING OF THE MIND TO THINK
The older years at Prep School comprise three year groups: Year 6 (ages 10-11), Year 7 (ages 11-12) and Year 8 (ages 12-13).
In these years our pupils are exposed to a more intense schedule of learning and are expected to have a high level of organisation, time-keeping, manners, self-discipline and respect for others. Moving into Years 7 and 8, pupils will undertake our much-coveted Birchfield Award which is a two year programme of recorded achievement including community work and charity fundraising. This award helps to develop a strong social conscience, positivity, resilience and leadership skills.
We expect our all senior pupils to be role models for the younger years of the school in all things. It is in these top three years of Prep School that we see our pupils blossom into rounded young people to be proud of; pupils who are in high demand from leading senior schools in our region and beyond.
In Year 7 there is a very real sense of pupils moving up to become Seniors. Wearing white shirts and blouses for the first time to mark their seniority, pupils are rewarded with special privileges. Year 7 pupils should lead by example and their role is very much that of Birchfield Ambassadors, including looking after younger pupils and being their role models.
Year 8 is the pinnacle of your child’s journey at Birchfield. Friendships have been made that will be lifelong and there is an air of purpose as key exams loom on the horizon. This academic year delivers a potent mix of hard, focused work in the classroom, supreme effort on the sports field, teamwork and leadership, responsibilities and privileges.