The Fourth Form is located in its own separate building, Stenning House. It provides a base for the two youngest year groups in the School: the Lower Fourth (Year 7) and the Upper Fourth (Year 8). There are usually around 50 pupils in each year group and this is then divided into four tutor groups. The tutor groups are kept intentionally small so that the tutor gets to know their tutees well and is able to give them the support they need in their first two years at the College. The tutor is the first point of contact for parents and they ensure that there is strong communication between School and home from the very beginning.
Pupils study a core curriculum of Art, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Science and a choice between Spanish or Latin. In addition, a PSHE programme is delivered through tutorials and the Upper Fourth take part in an activities programme. Both year groups also have games on two afternoons a week.
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups except for English, Mathematics and languages where they are set.
The week is designed to offer a full mix of academic and extra-curricular activities. There is an extensive sports programme and in addition to the major sports of rugby, football and cricket for boys, and hockey, netball and rounders for girls, there are many opportunities to participate in or to learn a new sport. At lunchtime and after school there is a full programme of clubs and activities, particularly involving Drama and Music and Fourth Formers also play a full role in whole school House competitions. A full list of activities is emailed to parents each term.
Download 'A Guide to Fourth Form' via the links below.