Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 – top of the school, with lots to do and, of course, the rather more serious side of academic life with exams to pass!
From Year 5 children follow a fully itinerant timetable taught entirely by our specialist teachers (similar to the pattern in a senior school). We also introduce study skills and verbal reasoning to prepare them for entry tests to senior schools.
A principal advantage of 13+ schools is the specialist teaching which adds enormously to the depth and scope of lessons. Our children, for example, will be having five or six lessons of science and French per week, in addition to the thorough grounding in English, maths and the others.
From about Year 6 onwards the children start to notice a distinct increase in tempo. They take more responsibility for their own work, organisation and motivation. In Year 6 or Year 7 most will take pre-tests to their senior schools.
We will also re-mix the classes to cater for the differing exits the children might make – via common or scholarship entrance, for example.
In Year 8, all children will sit either a scholarship exam or the common entrance exam as set by the Independent Schools Examining Board.
"I have had the time of my life [at Ripley Court School]” - Ex Year 8 pupil