I was so excited to start my new school and to discover new subjects like Computer Coding and Design Technology. My first day nerves were soon forgotten once I was experimenting with a bunsen burner in the science lab.Year 7 Pupil 2014
A typical day
Girls and boys join Year 7 from both state primary schools and prep schools. There are naturally a few nerves on the first day but it's amazing how quickly they settle in: meeting new friends, discovering the exciting range of subjects and choosing from the vast array of extra-curricular activities on offer. In the first week the children spend a bonding day at Longridge Activity Centre so they quickly get to know their new classmates - take a look at the photos.
Year 7 teaching is mainly by form group, with classes moving from lesson to lesson. There are seven 45 minute periods throughout the day and many are double lessons. A lunch break of 80 minutes allows time to eat, attend a club, activity or sports practice, go to rehearsals, or to the library to finish homework, read a book, or simply enjoy games in the playground and hang out with friends. At the end of the school day, many pupils take advantage of the wide choice of clubs and activities, and there are often more sports training sessions or matches, drama, dance or music rehearsals to attend. Others opt to go to the library, which is open until 6pm Monday - Thursday, to read or to work on their homework.
Lower School Curriculum
Inspiring lessons are taught by specialist teachers for each subject. In the Lower School lessons cover English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Latin, Mandarin, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Computer Coding, Design, Art, Music, Drama and PE. Each year group spends an afternoon a week at Games, at Wood Lane as well as having one period a week of PE on site. In year 8, Maths and French are taught in ability bands.
Beyond the Classroom
Field trips and visits which relate to the curriculum and add to the educational experience are scattered throughout the year. These include outings to West End plays, Geography and History departmental field trips both in and out of London, Biology trips to London Zoo and a visit to the Science Museum.
Students can also choose to extend their academic interests through a vast array of clubs and societies. Bi-lingual Italian speakers can join the Italian Club to practice their spoken and written language and help them prepare for Italian GCSE. The Trinity Schools Book Award (TSBA) is popular with avid readers throughout the school and students read and vote on a shortlist of six books on a particular theme in the Junior and Senior categories. Young Scientists is run by members of the Science Department with help from Sixth Formers. Science enthusiasts meet weekly and students explore topics not normally investigated during lesson time including exciting hands-on experiments. Junior Freston introduces Lower School pupils to the art of debating, not only listening and asking questions, but also providing the opportunity for students to develop their own debating skills and compete against other schools in friendly matches and debating competitions. This is just the tip of the iceberg: a full list of Clubs and Societies on offer can be found by following the link above.