(Years 10 and 11)
The Upper School provides an inspirational, supportive and calm environment in which your child can flourish and work towards his or her academic and social potential.
One of the key strengths of Bredon School is the wide variety of courses that we are able to offer our pupils, from traditional subjects, such as Geography and History, to our more creative subjects, such as Photography and Art, through to vocational courses such as Agriculture and Caring for Children. All are designed to engage and inspire our pupils.
Our teaching staff continue to offer the encouraging and supportive learning environment that allows our pupils to both progress and develop, whilst structured lessons and courses are designed to ensure that all pupils are able to reach their full potential.
The choice of options in Year 10 is key to learning success and the very start of preparing for a potential career pathway. It is important that our students pick courses they will enjoy. Mock exams are taken early in Year 11 in real exam conditions to ensure that pupils have all necessary provisions in place for their real exams.
Bredon will continue to develop and nurture a pupil’s key interests in Year 10 and 11, whilst offering bespoke career advice and the valid contribution of work experience.
"Pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem have grown as they have responded to the school’s individualised approach to learning and sensitive pastoral care"
Independent School Inspectorate, September 2018
Life in the Upper School is not just about exams and academic qualifications. Developing skills for life is an integral part of a child’s time at Bredon. In Year 10 we have an increasing number of students undertaking their Bronze DofE (Duke of Edinburgh Award) and continuing onto Silver the following year. We have our own canoe launch on the River Severn and it is from here that pupils often practice their canoeing and kayaking skills for the awards, as well as on our outdoor swimming pool.
Upper School pupils also make up the School Council, which enables them to collectively assume responsibility for their fellow pupils as well as to propose and make positive changes within Bredon.
"The benefits of an active education suit so many children. At Bredon every success is celebrated. A grade D for one child is as incredible as an A* for another. The standard of education is excellent and there for all levels of ability."
Parent, Good Schools Guide
We are thrilled to have won the ISA Senior School Award for Academic Excellence and Innovation, in recognition of our unique and extensive work experience programme. In Year 10, prior to going on a week long placement with a local business, our pupils undertake careers meetings, interview preparation, and are taught how to make presentations to an interview panel. Work experience is seen as a vital part of every students’ personal development and helps students understand the world of work, gain an insight into individual career areas and help develop confidence. This is all in preparation for the year long placement that they undertake, one day a week, during the Sixth Form. This means that when our students leave us, they leave with a year of solid, relevant work experience on their CV; this is great preparation for life after Bredon.
Studying for Sixth Form
When pupils reach Year 11 they will begin to think about which subjects they would like to study at A Level (or equivalent). Each year, a Sixth Form prospectus is sent out to parents outlining which subjects are available to choose from, along with a description of the syllabus and what the course could lead on to. In September there is a Sixth Form options evening for Year 11 students and their parents or guardians, where advice and support is provided by teachers on ensuring the correct choices can be made to match each pupil’s strengths.
View the range of courses on offer to Sixth Form students from September 2019.
"I loved going to this School. I achieved so much. The staff are amazing and I was given the opportunity to learn so much inside and outside the classroom."