Years 7 & 8

Years 7 & 8 at Westbrook Hay is an opportunity for the children to mature with their learning and social engagement. As the first two years in our Seniors, the children are learning in a different part of the school and are taught by subject specialists and heads of department.

We believe in all-round education and are proud to be a part of the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate group.  The PSB has skills, attitudes and behaviours at the heart of its assessment.  In Year 7 and Year 8, aspects of the curriculum as designed to promote the 6 core PSB skills –

  • Thinking and learning
  • Reviewing and improving
  • Communicating
  • Independence
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership

These skills fit beautifully into our already rigorous academic curriculum.  They challenge children to think about themselves as learners, to push themselves in the classroom beyond simply learning subject content, and ask them to broaden their abilities in skills which will be key to their future success.

In Year 8 pupils take part in the Kids MBA.  This recognised qualification is an introduction to entrepreneurship and the world of business.

Our pupils start Year 7 as children but we hope they all leave Year 8 as young adults who have developed in and out of the classroom by taking on the challenges and responsibilities of Year 9 and our Upper Seniors.

Homework is extended to help support the children’s independent learning but they are also able to attend supervised prep sessions at the end of the school day.

There continues to be a full programme of class and year-group outings, events and visits for both enjoyment and to consolidate the children’s learning, including: historical, geographical, scientific and religious visits and experiences, theatre and museum trips, plus orienteering and camping.