Our Year 7 and Year 8 boys benefit from an additional two years at the school where they are taught in small groups to ensure excellent academic development in a wide variety of subject areas, taught by specialist teachers. This ensures the continuation of success at Common Entrance to the most academic, selective schools in the area.
Pastoral care is an important element of our programme with mixed Year 7-8 tutor groups and many opportunities to develop leadership skills and take responsibility in a wide variety of areas and activities. There is also an emphasis on sport with at least two Games afternoons each week and the opportunity for all boys to represent the school in the major sports of football, rugby and cricket; but also the opportunity to develop skills in activities such as basketball, squash and fitness training.
The Year 7-8 programme is carefully planned to ensure a balance between academic success and extra-curricular opportunities, including a Mandarin experience and a hands-on course developing business and team skills.
We have recently seen the exciting realisation of a new building project with the opening of the Hub@51, a brand-new state of the art facility located on Ormond Avenue. The Hub@51 houses a purpose built Art Studio, with facilities for Design and Technology and Textiles, along with two bright and airy new classrooms for our Year 7 and Year 8 boys. Our older students will enjoy the space and feel of this cleverly designed space as they complete their studies ready for transition to senior school. The boys study English, Mathematics, Geography, History, French, PSHE and Classics in the Hub, within a fully networked design that will make use of the latest mobile technology for both the teaching staff and the boys. A further project on the second floor will see the installation of a Digital Media Suite for project work using photography and filmmaking within the curriculum, whilst allowing the boys to develop their technical and creative skills. Our hope is to finish the project with a school radio station so do watch this space for the launch of TPS Radio! It is a truly fantastic new development which reflects the School’s desire to offer first class provision to our older boys in an inspiring space, entirely dedicated to their needs.