The step from Year 6, or her primary school years, to Year 7 is one of the most significant transitions your daughter will make.
At St Cuthbert’s we recognise this transition with a dedicated Year 7 and 8 Middle School. Through these years our focus is on the unique developmental, academic, pastoral and social needs of your daughter.
It’s a very special and formative time for her. While she can experience greater emotional, physical and social growing pains, she is also flourishing. We see girls become more open to learning and making new discoveries. They have heightened self-awareness and curiosity about the world. Our Middle School is uniquely geared to balance this nurturing and exploration and prepare her for the years ahead as she becomes more independent.
Happy girls are engaged girls. Feeling happy, confident and belonging is vital during these years and each girl’s happiness is at the heart of everything we do. Through Middle School our girls are closely observed and supported by strong wraparound pastoral care and support. Our tutor teachers get to know each girl, noticing and really caring about what’s going on in her life. They also have an open line of communication with parents.
She is an individual. We believe that each girl has unique interests and strengths and she will bloom in her own time. Our Middle School structure is designed to really understand your daughter’s individuality, help her progress at her own pace and discover what makes her amazing.
She embraces opportunity. These are the years of ‘giving it a go’. With so many new opportunities and responsibilities on offer she’ll have every chance to discover new passions, strengths and qualities within herself. Our job is to foster that sense of adventure and help her take advantage of everything on offer.
She’s ready for the next step. During her Middle School years, each girl becomes well-prepared for the Senior School – and life. She learns to step up to new responsibilities, understand what’s expected of her and know how to tap into the immense wraparound support of the St Cuthbert’s family. As our girls travel through Years 7 and 8 we see them make amazing discoveries about themselves. We see them become more confident, complex learners and learn to master the physical, social and emotional ups and downs that come with early adolescence.
As Head of the Middle School, I personally get to know each girl, and her individual needs. We have an open door in the Middle School Centre, we work closely with parents and value your relationship with us on your daughter’s journey.
I warmly welcome you and your daughter to come and visit our Middle School for yourself. I would love to meet you and your daughter.
Margaret Talbot, Head of Middle School