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For our girls, Middle School is the most important period in their development.
The girls in Years 10 and 11 have significant choices to make about their future – notably, the subjects they will take for GCSEs. Our job is to ensure that these choices are informed and supported.
Interestingly, at least as many girls join Roedean to study for their GCSEs as do in Year 7. This may be due to the obvious value of small classes and personalised teaching to the girls when they are making these life-defining choices.
During their years in the Middle School, girls are helped to develop increasingly independent study habits and to take more personal responsibility for their own work. Each girl has a tutor who oversees her academic work and progress.
Visiting speakers, cultural expeditions, festivals and competitions are a regular feature of academic life in this Middle School for girls. A small example of this is World Book Day, described here by a Year 10 student:
We celebrated with a ‘Crime and Mystery’ theme. The teachers got involved with a ‘Who killed the Director of Studies?’ quiz. Four members of staff, including the Headmistress, were in the vicinity at the time of the murder, but under questioning it was found that every statement made by the four suspects was a lie. With the promise of a chocolate reward – as if the prospect of apprehending a teacher wasn’t enough – students hot-footed it to the library.
Girls in Years 10 and 11 wear a practical, durable uniform made up of a simple navy skirt and a blue short-sleeved shirt. For formal occasions, they wear a navy wool blazer, a white shirt and a navy tie.