Bloxham’s Middle School covers School Years 9 – 11. Three crucial years culminating in the National GCSE examinations at the end of year 11.
We admit about 35 pupils into Year 9 (which we style the 3rd form) each year and these pupils are integrated with the group coming up from our own Lower School to form a year group of around 70. These will be taught in 4 sets and will work at an appropriate pace for their individual abilities.
At 13+ pupils join us via Common Entrance from a wide range of Preparatory Schools or, if that is not possible, they may sit our own entrance examination papers. Entry from our own Lower School is seamless although we do use the internally set examinations with our Form 2 for the purposes of moderation and setting.
At 13+ the pupils will join one of 6 Houses within the school, 4 for boys and 2 for the girls. These Houses contain day and boarding pupils and provide facilities for study and recreation periods. The House structure is very important to Bloxham life. Many long standing friendships will be made here and it is also where the strength of Bloxham’s renowned pastoral care can be felt. Each pupil is allocated a personal tutor attached to the house and that Tutor will get to know his or her charges very well – academically and socially – and will meet regularly to set goals, to focus on priorities and to ensure that the individual is happy as without that important ingredient fulfillment is not possible.
Pupils are introduced to a broad range of subjects and activities, some of which will be familiar but others will be completely new and from this kaleidoscope choices will have to be made before the start of Year 10 as to which GCSE’s will be followed. Not all of the activities will be examinable of course and it is vitally important that the interests which enrich lives are not forgotten and so there is ample time to pursue other pastimes via a rich variety of clubs and societies. These activities should not be underestimated in the make-up of the individual.