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Junior School Forms 1-3

The junior years at Buckswood are viewed as the ‘formative years.' We instill the values of hard work, respect for others, a sense of right and wrong, and an intrinsic internationalism into our junior scholars. We give them responsibility and a sense of independence but point out the parameters not to be crossed believing that children thrive on structure, security and opportunity.

 

Forms 1-3 provide a solid preparation for success at GCSE, and offer the scope to experiment: to go “off-piste” in academic terms, perhaps by watching lambing for themselves down at the Buckswood stables as part of a science lesson or by standing knee-deep in an original World War I trench in Flanders with the History Department.

 

Form 3 (Year 9) offers the chance to spend some time in the Far East, visiting Buckswood Hong Kong. We feel that at the age of fourteen our students are old enough to travel to the other side of the world, and are aware enough to appreciate the value of such an experience.

 

Traditional Features of an Education

Form 1 has the opportunity to visit the cities of Venice and Florence each year, and Form 2 has the opportunity to visit the historical city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

 

The academic programme in Forms 1, 2 & 3 is both broad and dynamic. It is designed to enhance knowledge, and teach students to communicate, reason, think and innovate. The focus is placed on the thorough preparation for a student’s transition to senior school.

 

Junior school students are high achievers, and study fourteen subjects (including three languages) in which they are formally assessed twice per term. Full reports are written on the progress of each student at the end of every term, and there are formal and informal meetings arranged between parents and teachers.