Years 7 and 8 at Yateley Manor are formative in the sense that children appear to develop so much and prepare for their GCSE years 9-11. So many parents have commented on the change that they have witnessed in their child during these two years, where they have moved from a quiet and unassuming member of the year group to a confident child able to speak in a large public arena.
Every child in Years 7 and 8 is expected to take some responsibility around the school. Every child is linked with a class and is expected to collect the class for assembly as well as provide support for them at break times when the weather is poor. Some children in Year 8 are given the role of Prefect which brings additional responsibilities.
Presenting with confidence is a key skill which is honed in the senior years. Children are often invited to attend meetings with parents as well as act as tour guides for prospective families. All children in Year 8 are asked to work in small groups and deliver a complete assembly to the whole school. In addition they will be asked to run an assembly for Pre Prep children.
With a continued focus on the PSB core skills and numerous opportunities to develop their character and confidence, children in Years 7 and 8 really do benefit from a holistic approach to education and are fully prepared for the next part of their educational journey.
Yateley Manor has continually shown an innovative approach and maintained its reputation for a forward-thinking school. For many years we have been running GCSE PE for our Year 7 and 8 pupils, with tremendous success – testament to our high academic standards and desire to challenge every child, with no ceilings on learning.
In recent years parents have been asking us to consider offering GCSEs with a Year 11 cohort. They enjoy the excellent standards of teaching at Yateley Manor across the curriculum, the strength of pastoral care and the extensive opportunities available for children. Frankly, they wanted more of it.
The announcement that we are growing has been met with excitement and commitment, from our existing families and those new to the school.
To experience life at Yateley Manor from Years 7 to 11 we invite parents and pupils to tour our school by booking onto an Open Day or an individual tour with the headmaster.