From The Head of Secondary
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Secondary School.
At BST we are proud that our students are happy, engaged in their learning and keen to make a difference to the world around them. Our curriculum is designed to provide experiences which allow all students to become truly independent learners equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to face the next steps in their lives. From Year 7 through to Year 13, all lessons and activities are underpinned by our unique Learner Profile which embeds not only a breadth of understanding and engagement but also opportunities for challenge for every individual.
The transition from Primary School to Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) is seamless; a huge benefit of being an all-through school. Our staff ensure that the learning from primary into Secondary School is complementary and use the attributes embedded in the Learner Profile across the transition.
This first phase of the Secondary School is designed ultimately to provide students with both a rigour in their academic studies plus the freedom to explore ideas across subject areas. It is founded on British National Curriculum fundamentals and delivered through a dynamic and challenging curriculum with an emphasis on inquiry and creative problem-solving through authentic tasks. This 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’ GCSE journey. At BST, we use a combination of GCSE and (I)GCSEs to ensure that learning is bespoke to our British and international student body. Both styles of courses comprise 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 enter the Senior School and sit A-Level examinations. The A-Level pathway is 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 comprise 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.
To complement the academic offering, we challenge the students to extend their physical, creative, expressive and intellectual prowess with a broad range of exciting opportunities. We believe great learning takes place everywhere and we take pride in providing a multitude of experiences and environments: extensive and inclusive sports, music, art and drama programmes, Community Service, the International Award, and biannual outdoor learning expeditions, to name but a few. Each student is able to explore and experiment to find something that they are passionate about outside of the classroom. Leadership is promoted at all stages and it is through this that students develop character by nurturing others and developing resilience for change. We believe that in doing so, we prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century world.
At BST, we aim to provide an all-round educational experience so that students become confident, productive and caring members of the local, national and global community. Every student leaves the Secondary School 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.
BST Secondary is all about celebrating the individual; we provide the core experiences so every single student can be the very best they can be. If you get the chance, please do come and visit us. We’ll all be delighted to see you.
Head of Secondary