(Years 7, 8, and 9)
It is during Years 7, 8 and 9 that pupils at Bredon School really get to experiment with what subjects appeal to them; the curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 is wide and diverse and a pupil’s timetable will often include Outdoor Education, Sport, Woodwork and Engineering, as well as core subjects including English, maths and Science.
Time is also set aside in the timetable every week to allow our pupils to participate in lessons on the School Farm, to take part in outdoor education challenges, to represent the School in competitive sporting fixtures, and to learn new skills and practice hobbies through the regular lunchtime and after school activity sessions.
"The curriculum is very cleverly altered to take account of the children’s challenges, and the whole school celebrates difference and encourages the children to play to their strengths"
Parent, Good Schools Guide
Activities vary from term to term but sporting opportunities could include clay pigeon shooting, cycling, canoeing and climbing options, as well as creative choices such as cookery, arts and crafts, music club and film club, through to more unusual options such as a tractor renovation group and fencing.
Recent adventures for pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have included trips to Snowdonia, the Forest of Dean and the Imperial War Museum.
Outdoor Education in Lower School
Outdoor Education is an integral part of the syllabus and life at Bredon. For many pupils who arrive at Bredon School, they have struggled in their previous educational environment and this has had a negative impact on their self-esteem. In Years 7, 8 and 9 all pupils regularly take part in Outdoor Education, including a week long residential course once every year. It is through such activities that our pupils to develop their ‘soft-skills’ – including leadership, directional thinking and compassion for themselves and their peers. It is this new found confidence that our pupils are able to take back to the classroom and rediscover their passion for learning.
When pupils reach Year 9, they will begin to think about what subjects to study at GCSE level (or equivalent). Each year, a Year 10 prospectus is sent to parents outlining which subjects are available to choose from, along with a description of the syllabus. Students in Year 9 and their parents, are invited to a Year 9 Options Evening, where there is information on all subjects available to take at GCSE level and equivalent. Subject teachers are always on hand to answer any questions and help to make these important decisions easier for pupils.
At this stage, there is an increased range of subjects to choose from. Bredon has a particular strength for delivering high quality and well resourced vocational qualifications. Read the Year 10 course prospectus to see the wide range of subjects and courses available in the Upper School.
"Pupils’ progress and attainment are excellent in relation to their start points"
Independent Schools Inspectorate, September, 2018