The Senior School

About Heathland Seniors

In the Senior School the pupils in Senior One to Senior Three the pupils all study the following subjects: Mathematics, English Science, History, Geography, French, Music, IT, PE, Art and Design and Citizenship. We follow the National Curriculum, but also extend and enrich their learning experiences. These subjects are all taught by specialist teaching staff.

When the pupils choose their GCSE courses they are able to make individual choices. We support pupils who wish to take additional courses, even if they are the only pupil selecting a particular subject. Some pupils are able to take a GCSE in Year 10 and then take AS Level in the following year. Other pupils may wish to study fewer GCSEs, giving them additional time to study core subjects. We also have links with a local college, where less academic pupils may take vocational courses.

Pupils are taught in classes of 16 or fewer. This provides the staff the opportunity to form excellent working relationships with the pupils, and enables them to monitor the pupils’ progress very closely. The class sizes at Heathland are small, even when compared to other independent schools, and it is a particular strength of the school.

It is clear, from analysis of the results attained by pupils at Heathland, that the small classes enable pupils to achieve results at GCSE level that are far higher than those predicted by the national tests administered in Senior One.

Lessons take place in a brand new, purpose built classroom block, with a Science laboratory and IT suite.

The emphasis is on traditional teaching methods and there are high expectations of work and behaviour within the classroom. Homework is set every night, to be completed for the following day.

We aim to meet the individual needs of each pupil at the school, by providing an education suited to their particular needs and abilities.