Sidcot School: Winscombe, Somerset, UK

Winscombe, Somerset, United Kingdom

Sidcot School: Winscombe, Somerset, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum

Introduction

Sidcote School in Winscombe, Somerset is a private co-ed boarding school in England. Great co-educational boarding facilities. Junior School. One of best UK IB boarding schools. Our Junior school is sometimes the first encounter a child has of a school and we take our responsibility in making it an awe inspiring experience, very seriously. We aim to spark their imaginations, encourage curiosity and stimulate ideas to start building the skills they will require in their education. This crucial early stage is about building self confidence, developing creative thought and inspiring an enjoyment of discovery, these important characteristics nurture a love of learning for the future. How we achieve these aims is through offering an exciting and happy learning environment supported by a curriculum that utilises our fantastic facilities and natural surroundings at every opportunity. Small classes enable our staff to get to know the children very well, adapt lessons and learning goals to meet individual needs and stretch the children’s abilities to cultivate talents. A stunning, environmentally friendly building that is full of light and space coupled with specially designed outdoor play areas and 150 acres of land and woods to explore, provides the perfect setting for an inspirational all round education. Children can join the Junior school from 3 years old in our Nursery, (either on a full or part-time basis), staying with us till they are 11 years old in Year 6 and ready to move on to the Senior school. By the time our children leave the Junior school, they are confident, interested individuals with a passion for education and a thirst for knowledge, ready for the next stage in their education. Senior School The Sidcot school day is a full and enriching experience, where the curriculum is designed to stretch our children’s academic capabilities and inspire their imaginations. The traditional subjects are taught by specialist teachers and each child is assigned to a tutor group for Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE). Our stunning rural situation provides the perfect learning environment for science experimentation, artistic inspiration and after school activities. There are varied activities ranging from archery to trampolining and maths challenge club to caving and pot holing, this of course doesn’t include the various sports on offer as well! Students are encouraged to have a voice, using the Students’ Union and Food Council as forums to communicate their needs and suggestions. Working to benefit charitiable organisations stems from our Quaker values and our students are at the forefront of supporting events around Red Nose Day, Children in Need, MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Mornings and the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal, where Year 7 students collated goods for 109 shoe boxes to send to disadvantaged children. We believe these opportunities are essential in developing their maturity, thoughts and ability to consider other peoples’ needs and personal circumstances, so that they might gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting our society. In Year 7 the year group doubles in size with our Junior school pupils moving up and intake from the local catchment. The change associated with starting a new school can be a daunting time for children, however our younger students (and their parents!) are well supported by their tutors and Year Head through the first year. The ‘Transfer Day’ during the preceeding summer term enables new students to meet one another and make friends before the start of their first term in the Senior School. During the first year Julie Green, Head of Year 7 also provides opportunities for parents to engage through the ‘Friends of Year 7′ socials she arranges. In Year 8, a highlight of the students’ year is the annual trip to the Cotswold Water Park. The camp is planned as part of our curriculum and is designed to encompass the outdoor and adventurous activities component of the National Curriculum. Apart from giving children the opportunity to experience new activities they also allow important social and personal skills to be developed within the peer group situation, for example, team building, relationships, self esteem, decision making, problem solving, trust and independence. In Year 9, outdoor and adventurous skills are further developed through the Upper Fourth camp with a land based theme. Rosie Bellinger, Head of the Fourth Form (Years 8 and 9) and Faculty Head of Physical Education has many years of experience at Sidcot supporting the students entering their teenage years, both from a personal development and academic perspective. The Fifth Form (Years 10 and 11) is a key decision making time in our students’ academic careers and one we take very seriously at Sidcot. Students are fully supported during the GCSE years with help from tutors, specialist teachers initiating different teaching styles to meet individual needs, supervised Prep to reinforce key learning goals and extra-curricular activities that develop new skills and personal development goals. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is an important aspect of Sidcot’s extra curricular skills development and the Bronze Level begins in Year 10. Sidcot is one of the most largest organisations delivering the DofE Award in the South West and has around 170 Year 10 and above students engaged in the programme each year. As well as the DofE, Sidcot also offers students many other opportunities of engaging talents at the school through our sports teams, termly drama and music performances, arts activities and exhibitions, music bands and choirs and our comprehensive after school activities programme. The GCSE Programme at Sidcot The GCSE programme offered at Sidcot provides an excellent range of subjects. The courses offered are challenging and stimulating and the whole curriculum is broad, diverse and academic. It provides an excellent preparation for the final two year cycle leading to university entrance world wide. GCSE courses mean a deeper study of a student’s chosen subjects. Success in these courses will depend not only on their ability to work hard in class, but also on their willingness to work on their own. Some of the syllabuses offered demand that students assemble a collection of project work and so the student who is prepared to work hard continuously over the two years is rewarded. GCSE Options A full audit of our students’ preferred subject choices are collated prior to the GCSE option blocks being released, this is to ensure we meet the needs of as many students as we can. All pupils will study GCSEs in English, Mathematics and the Sciences, as well as taking classes in RE, Information and Communication Technology, Careers & Games as a core. Pupils will then be able to choose four more GCSE subjects from those on offer from the published option blocks. The student’s tutor plays an important role in supporting the decision making process during this time. Students are encouraged to select a balanced choice of subjects. We would recommend that the choices include a text based subject such as Geography or History, as well as a creative/practical subject and a Modern Language. This comprehensive booklet details the courses and support available to our GCSE students through this crucial time in their education. Sixth Form For further information on studying in the 6th form at Sidcot, please browse this area of the website or view the 6th form brochure below. 6th form 2012 booklet IB The IB results for this year’s Upper Sixth International Baccalaureate Diploma students were published on the last day of the summer term. We are pleased to announce that all 17 IB students were awarded their Diploma, with 10 of these being awarded Bilingual Diplomas. Students study six subjects, three at Higher level, roughly equivalent to A level, and three at Standard level. They also write an essay in Theory of Knowledge and an extended essay in a subject of their choice. Sidcot’s average IB points score this year was equivalent to just over 435 university application (UCAS) points. For comparison, an A level student gaining three A grades at A level and an additional A grade at AS level in a fourth subject would gain 420 university application points. The highest IB grade this year was awarded to Max Schweer, with a score equivalent to more than five A grades at A level. We would like to congratulate all of our IB students on their success.

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7 days boarding: GBP 29 541

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