From The Head of Secondary
It gives me great pleasure and pride to welcome you to the Secondary School.
Our students are happy, engaged and appropriately ambitious. We help them to become independent learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to face the next steps in their lives. This is underpinned by our BRITISH attributes which allow all of our students to become confident, productive and caring members of the local, national and global community.
We provide a framework which enables teachers and students to be creative and challenged, and parents to be curious yet assured, in a safe, focused and enjoyable environment, whereby everyone is provided with opportunities to grow and learn.
Learning takes place everywhere and we take great pride in providing a multitude of experiences, opportunities and environments. The International Award, Ski Club, Community Service, our extensive and inclusive sports, music, art and drama programmes, Model United Nations, student leadership, the electives programme and our bi annual expeditions to Hakuba are really just the ‘tip of the iceberg’. Each student is able to explore experiment and find something that they are passionate about and bring those skills and expertise to their academic programme.
Students continue their learning journey from Primary School into Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). This is an opportunity for all students to refine the skills that will enable them to attain both academic and personal success. This is achieved through a dynamic and challenging curriculum with an emphasis on enquiry and creative problem solving through authentic tasks, and results in students who are not afraid to take risks and are prepared to fail in order to learn.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) sees the beginning of the students’ IGCSE journey. IGCSEs are external exams, set and marked by independent, internationally-recognised bodies and taken at the end of Year 11. Each student will be able to shape their own curriculum allowing them to pursue their passions and excel in their chosen areas of study.
Years 12 and 13 are the final part of our students’ learning journey here at BST, when they will enter the Sixth Form and sit A Level examinations. The A level is the national academic qualification of England: an enormously well-respected gateway to any of the top universities in the world. Even though examination challenge and rigour becomes increasingly visible at this time, it doesn’t mean that it replaces fun and exploration.
Students are guided and supported by our highly knowledgeable and expert teachers who care passionately about the continual academic and personal progress of your children. They are further supported through our vertical tutor groups which are made up of students from each Key Stage. Students learn from and support each other with the help of their form tutor. Our form tutors take great pride in having an in-depth, personalised overview of the academic and pastoral needs of your children and will therefore be the first point of contact for all parents.
It is my wish that every student leaves BST having found their ‘element’, equipped with the tools that will enable them to be productive and happy so that they can move onto the next stage of their lives with confidence, conviction and a mindset that enables them to continue to seek growth, fulfilment and excellence.
If you get the chance, please do come and visit us. We’ll all be delighted to see you.
James Anthony Thomas
Head of Secondary