If you think lessons are boring, think again. Here, Latin comes alive with a Mexican wave, a maths choir sings quadratic equations and when you use the decorations on iced buns to explore atoms, you can even eat your research.
We’re free to experiment because we teach in single sex classes. That means both boys and girls are way less self-conscious – and the benefits don’t stop there. It never occurs to our girls that science is for boys, that being a leader is unfeminine or that it’s inappropriate to come top in exams. Our boys (we're welcoming them in 2018) won't be made to feel that sensitivity is girly, that the arts aren't for them or that coming second undermines their masculinity.
Although no-one’s getting distracted by the opposite sex in lessons, you'll socialise and eat together, share facilities, some sports and the creative arts (dramatic moments belong on stage, even if anyone streaming out of our fabulous visual arts centre is likely to be covered in paint or clay).
'A crazy, clever, wonderful school where we all thrive and learn while having the best time of our lives'
But what's a smudge or two between friends? We’re more concerned with how you think, so the emphasis throughout the school – in the classroom and out of it – is on analysing problems, questions and opportunities and coming up with original and creative answers.
It’s a lot more effective than absorbing received opinion when it comes to exams, as our results show. In 2014, 93 per cent of GCSEs were graded A* or A and 51 per cent of the students racked up 9 or more A*s.
- Badminton SuccessCongratulations to Chanumi who took part in an international badminton tournament in Belgium last weekend winning the gold medal in the singles category.
- Drugs and Art – Astra ZenecaSeveral scientists with different specialisms, from geneticists, medicinal chemists to doctors, talked to the students on how research teams scan thousands of molecules to search for a potential molecule that can be developed into a new drug to bring to market.
- Verulamium TripAfter a long coach journey we arrived at Verulamium and visited the site of a Roman amphitheatre. We walked along the paths on the perimeter of the amphitheatre while we filled in a sheet.
- Clocks and the OrreryDr Singh gave a fascinating talk to senior school students and staff about making his simplicity clock and orrery.
- Maths successGreat results in Maths Challenges and a sample question for you to try
Come and see us at our next Senior School Open Morning
Saturday 19th September 2015 - 9.30am-12.30pm
Our programme of visiting speakers brings in individuals and groups to share fascinating careers/life stories , inspiring students, parents and alumni to think differently.