Within Middle School we encourage pupils to become more independent; taking responsibility for not only their own academic studies but also assuming roles of leadership within this area of the school.
Pupils are guided to be compassionate and understanding and through our Middle School Diploma to develop their inter-personal, leadership skills.
Pupils are elected onto the Student Voice, where they act as representatives for their Year group to discuss whole school issues with Mr Shaw. These meetings are held on a regular basis over a working lunch and the Student Voice representatives then report back to their year groups on the outcome of their meetings.
Prefects are elected in Year 8 and assist with overseeing the welfare of the younger pupils in the school. These prefects also help to co-ordinate house teams for sports and additional inter house events.
Throughout Middle School, we strive to ensure that all our pupils are happy, confident, safe and secure in their learning environment. To this end, as pupils move from First school up to Middle school, we are aware of the need for a strong pastoral input.
Induction days in Year 4 allow children to become used to the Middle school set up, the layout of the building and the academic expectations. In Year 5 and as pupils move into Year 6 we strive to make sure not only that every child is reaching their full academic potential but also that they are happy and feel confident about their place in our school.
Following our entrance exam in January, successful pupils from external schools are invited to come to Scarisbrick Hall for transition days before they join is in September ready for Year 7. During these days pupils are familiarised with the layout of the school, the timings of our day, the timetable and they are also introduced to the new equipment they will be using in Science and ICT.
As the pupils progress into Upper Middle School the same care and attention is paid to each child in Year 7 and Year 8. They have every possible opportunity to reach their potential academically, morally and socially, whilst also preparing them for the challenge of College life and their GCSE courses.
Year leaders for Year 5 & 6 and also for Years 7 & 8 track pupils’ academic development through our 6 week assessment programme. Pupils failing to achieve their targets in these assessments are identified and the appropriate support and if necessary intervention, is put in place. A Pastoral Office in Middle School allows pupils with concerns or worries, no matter how small, to come and talk to either of our year leaders at break or lunchtime and get the help and support they may need.
We strongly believe in the development of the whole person and reinforce this through our integrated wellbeing programme, which is delivered to all our pupils, throughout the year on a weekly basis. Wellbeing is presented as part of the e3 programme. We also hold conference days, including workshops on personal identity, relationships, understanding of other cultures, finance and diversity and many others. The aim of the wellbeing is to develop reflective and motivated learners with a sense of their own development and their role in society.
The partnership between home and school is very important to us and we positively encourage good communication between parents and teachers. There are two parents evenings a year which allow pupils progress to be discussed in detail with subject teachers, form tutors and year leaders.
We actively encourage you to contact the school at any time should you have concerns about any aspect of your child's education or wellbeing.
Middle School Wellbeing Contacts:
Year 5 & 6 – Mrs Burton: email@example.com
Year 7 & 8 – Mrs Seddon firstname.lastname@example.org
Scarisbrick Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk L40 9RQ : 01704 841151
“The academic curriculum is very well supported by an excellent range of activities. These activities are a key factor in the development and promotion of pupils’ personal qualities “ – ISI 2014
Whilst our academic programmes are the heart of school life, we see our co-curricular as vital to a balanced well-rounded education. At Scarisbrick Hall we call these activities ‘E3’ (extend, enrich and excite).
In Middle and College our E3 run Monday through Thursday and follow themes on each day. Our E3 themes are: Wellbeing, Leadership, Arts and Sports, students select one option from each pathway that they then follow for one term.
Revision and study skills
Duke of Edinburgh
Outdoor art project
The art of dissection
The Middle School Diploma builds on the foundations created via the Middle school Passport which runs throughout Years 5 and 6 and enables you to develop a wide variety of academic and social skills. The aim of the Diploma is to help each pupil become a responsible, caring, well educated, young adult, ready to face the challenges and opportunities available to them within the College section of our school and in their local community.
The Middle School Diploma runs over 2 years with a final Diploma being awarded to successful pupils at the end of Year 8. Credits are accrued over the course of Year 7 and 8, with the final total dictating what type of Diploma is awarded, Pass, Merit or Distinction. Pupils failing to get enough credits to achieve the diploma may get Commendations within certain areas.
The Diploma is not a pass/ fail award but what it does is enable pupils to present themselves in the best possible light as they move into the next stage of their education. It enables College staff who will be teaching the pupils to gain a better understanding of them not only from an academic perspective but also from a social and pastoral angle.
The Diploma consists of 5 areas. Click any of the boxes below to download more information
The Diploma is an integral part of pupil progress throughput Middle school, it is not an optional award. Pupils are responsible for collecting their own credits within the above areas from staff and collating evidence to back up their work. Each pupil is given pupil portfolio at the start of Year 7, credits and evidence are recorded in this and this becomes their record of achievement for their Diploma throughout their time in Upper Middle School.
All of this will be explained to pupils in more detail at the start of Year 7.