Upper School

Years 4, 5 and 6 are busy, productive years for St. Helen’s College pupils. As members of the Upper School, children move around the school to specialist teaching rooms, take on ever greater responsibility for themselves, and enjoy representing the school in many sports and competitions, as well as at incredibly high quality concerts and dramatic productions.

The curriculum is creative and engaging, and pupils achieve excellent academic results. Through inspiring teaching by subject specialists and careful, constructive marking, feedback and assessment, children continue to develop as brave, confident learners. Meta-learning is key to life at St. Helen’s College; our pupils reflect on how they learn so that they are able to improve their own learning style. By the time they leave us at the end of Year 6, pupils are exceptionally well-prepared for a lifetime of learning.

Pupils’ personal development is also outstanding. The upper years offer many opportunities for pupils to take on positions of responsibility, to speak publicly, to conduct guided tours of the school and to represent the school in the wider community. Residential trips in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 help to develop personal maturity and independence and our innovative PSHCE programme teaches children Positive Psychology, Philosophy, Mindfulness and Peer Support.

Our children and parents are carefully prepared for their transition into the senior school of their choice and St. Helen’s College has a superb record of entry success for pupils into academically selective independent and grammar schools.