Reception: 01235 520173

Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Communications Office: 01235 546541

Joint Bus Service Co-ordinator: 01235 546565

St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Middle School

The Middle School comprises three year groups, 9, 10 and 11.  On entry into Middle School, girls are rearranged into four new tutor groups in which they stay for the three years. We are delighted to welcome a number of new entrants at this stage who are integrated into the newly formed groups. 

Girls in all year groups are organised into one of four Houses (Benedict, Duffield, Hayward and Paterson) for inter-House competitions and social activities. Named after women who have played a key role in the school’s history, they are led by staff Heads of House and offer leadership roles to girls as House Captains in the Sixth Form and House Leaders in other years. The House system offers opportunities for girls from different years to spend more time together, develop skills such as teamwork and leadership and foster a sense of competition throughout the school. Lastly, and most importantly, they are fun!

This is a time of significant development in your daughter’s education. A sound understanding of the personal ups and downs in a girl’s life, support, encouragement and good communication are all of fundamental importance during these three formative years and we are proud of our tutoring system that enables us to take an all round approach to a girl’s progress.  In the Middle School each tutor group has a tutor and an assistant tutor who, where possible, remain the same for the three years so that they can deliver high quality and consistent pastoral care. Once every half term the tutors meet with each girl individually to discuss and record their overall progress


 

There is a wealth of extra curricular activity available in Middle School and a key role of the tutor is to help girls to maintain an appropriate balance between academic work and the valuable experiences outside the classroom. To help girls record and value their extra curricular activities they keep a formal Record of Achievement folder which is finally presented to them along with their I/GCSE certificates. They make most impressive reading and are a great celebration of each girl’s progress and success.

In the first term of Year 9 the whole year group and the pastoral staff visit the hugely significant First World War battlefields and memorials in Belgium and France;  it is a very valuable time for both girls and staff to get to know one another as well as supporting the history curriculum.

The tutor team and Head of Middle School are always pleased to discuss your daughter’s progress and any issues with parents and pupils. Working together is the best way to ensure your daughter's success and happiness.

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