Our senior pupils are aged 11-16. Year on year we find that most of our Junior Department pupils automatically move up to Year 7. They are joined by a growing number of new pupils to Abbotsholme mainly at age 11 and again at age 13.
During the next five years our seniors are introduced to a wonderful array of learning experiences and development opportunities both within and beyond the classroom.
In Years 7-9 one afternoon per fortnight is spent on the Farm. Alternate afternoons each fortnight are spent experiencing the great outdoors. One week it could be raft building and floating (or sinking) their makeshift vessels on the River Dove; another week it might be learning how to cook safely using a camping stove. There’s plenty to choose from at the weekends with camping, caving, hiking, climbing, kayaking excursions and other activities regularly available.
From Year 9 pupils get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme; the wide range of activities on offer at Abbotsholme ensures that all of our children are able to work through bronze, with many opting to carry on with the silver award in Year 10.
And then of course there’s Hikes in the Autumn and Camps in the Summer.
Despite the busy school week, there’s still time to pursue hobbies and other activities with friends, from 5.10pm to 6.15pm before supper and then again between 8.00pm and 9.15pm. Clubs and Societies include Chess, Drama, Singers, Art, Model Railway, Magazine Club, Bookworms, Model Making and Warhammer. After supper there are organised assignments between 6.30pm and 8.00pm each evening.
Whatever their age, as they progress through the years, our pupils find there’s always something new to look forward to.