Life in the Seniors
As the boys enter Y5 the school operates like a secondary school for all subject areas, with boys moving from class to class, being taught by subject specialists. The boys in Y5 to 8 are in forms for registration at the beginning of the day – the expectation is that all boys will be in their rooms from 8.15 and by 8.30 at the latest. Boys are allocated a locker in the form room where they can keep their folders and organise all their equipment.
For lessons, the boys in Y5 and Y6 are taught in forms apart from English and Maths, where they are in ability sets. These are fluid, with movement during the year if necessary. When boys transfer to Y7 and Y8, the two classes generally merge and are then taught in ability sets for each of the academic subjects.
While we do follow aspects of the National curriculum, as the boys get older our curriculum is more in line with Common Entrance, which is both stimulating and enriching, pushing the boys beyond the usual boundaries covered in Years 5-8. In addition, Y5 boys begin the study of Latin, which many secondary schools still offer as a subject option for GCSE and A Level.
Historically, prep schools for boys have transferred at the end of Y8 as it was, and still is, considered to suit boys’ development better. By staying on at Keble for Y7 and Y8, with small classes and individualised learning, we are can ensure that the boys achieve their potential. In recent years boys have left us in Y8 to join St Albans, Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Westminster, City of London, Haileybury, Aldenham, Mill Hill and St Columba’s.
In keeping true to our ideal of the individual counts, our academic curriculum is very much built around individual needs with a strong learning support department and extension for the most able.