Pre-16: GCSE (Senior School)

The GCSE years are those in which a student moves through the teenage period, and years which will ultimately shape their future academic life.

As a result of the A-Level reforms, GCSE qualifications are becoming more important. In the past universities have relied upon the AS qualifications gained as an indicator of academic potential. As a result of the change in the exam system, whereby students will now only sit exams at the end of the two year course, universities need to rely more on GCSE grades.

We believe that we can provide that secure and nurturing environment that will allow young students to flourish and build a solid foundation for their GCSE and A-Level studies.

Our Pre-16 GCSE cohort, otherwise known as the Senior School, is housed on the second floor of the College and is overseen by a specific tutor.

Pre-16 GCSE students usually move through Key Stage 4, which introduces students to a wide range of subjects, providing a diverse curriculum as students prepare to sit their GCSE examinations. Students are advised by their subject teachers as to when they are deemed to be ready to sit the GCSE qualification.

The College also offers the International GCSE, which is an increasingly popular alternative qualification amongst high-performing schools and colleges.

The Pre-16 GCSE cohort is friendly and welcoming, ensuring that there is a pleasant atmosphere in which to study. Students attend the school from 08.45-15.30 each day according to a set timetable. Students are registered daily by the Tutor ensuring that there is constant interaction with the students so that he or she can monitor the students closely and deal with any problem that arises as soon as possible. All Senior School students also have a weekly PSHE session which forms a part of our pastoral care program, and attend a weekly session of sport with a coach, usually at Harrow Leisure Centre. Senior School students are required to wear uniform.

The small size of the Senior School (a current average of 8, with the national average class size being 30 students) means that students get plenty of time and attention from the teacher allowing them to build a solid foundation of knowledge for their progression through GCSE and A-Level.