Senior School - Year 9 to 11
Recognising the pressing need for an independent senior school in Woking, we have established Hoe Bridge Senior School. This ensures that your child can benefit from our outstanding education in preparation for GCSE and their choice of further education or career within easy reach of your home. From September 2022, pupils in or joining Year 6 and below at Hoe Bridge School will be able to stay with us until Year 11, when GCSEs are taken.
The main things we believe that most parents want from a senior school are the ability to challenge their child to do and be the best they can, prepare them well for GCSEs and education beyond, support their development into responsible citizens and ensure their time at school is happy and fulfilling.
At Hoe Bridge School Seniors, we share the same goals for your child.
The three elements in our core school ethos – Happiness, Confidence and Achievement – have served us and the families who have entrusted their children to our care for over 35 years, educating children from Nursery to Year 8. These core values have allowed happy and successful children to gain their first choice of senior school and exceptional Common Entrance results. The same ethos and high academic standard will continue through to Senior School in ample measure, experienced every day by students who join us at Senior School as well as those who have been with us previously through our Prep School.
With age comes responsibility, and Senior School sees students assume leadership and mentoring roles both in preparation for life beyond Hoe Bridge and to play a practical part in the day-to-day running of the school.
Our Year 9 curriculum comprises of English, Mathematics, Sciences, Modern Languages, Latin, History, Geography, TPR (Theology, Philosophy & Religion), Art, ICT, Design & Technology, Music, Drama and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education). Moving into Year 10 students study for core GSCEs including English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science as well as the additional GCSE subjects they select from our broad range available. Time is also given at this stage to future plans and our dedicated Careers Programme allows students a chance to explore how their current interests could develop into a career or discover ideas for potential future career options.
We continue to place considerable emphasis on sport and physical exercise throughout the Senior years, fully aware of the synergies between healthy lifestyle, wellbeing and academic development.
As is the case throughout Hoe Bridge, students benefit from small class sizes, tailored learning plans and close attention.
Our children and families alike benefit from the opportunity to extend school hours beyond normal classroom hours. The Senior day starts at 8:15am or children can join our popular Breakfast Club every day from 7:30am.
Senior students finish at 5.30pm which includes prep, where they complete their homework supervised relieving a little pressure at home. Following which we have a wide range of after school clubs to 6.30pm where students can pursue existing or new activities which often develop into lifelong interests. These form part of our seniors enrichment programme, alongside exciting but highly relevant school trips and other curricular and non-curricular experiences.
Hoe Bridge Senior School benefits from substantial investment with its own dedicated building being developed on the Hoe Bridge estate. Allowing us to offer senior classrooms, science labs, ICT suites, dining hall and a new main school creative space, a perfect stage for students to rehearse, perform and captivate.
Of course, given our enviable 22-acre site blessed with its variety of wonderful landscapes, it is only natural that our Senior School students should share the pond, meadow, woods and certain areas of the playing fields with Hoe Bridge’s younger age groups.
Senior sports continue to be central to life at Hoe Bridge utilising both our own facilities and local sports grounds to offer a wide range of team sports with regular fixtures and sports tours both locally and abroad.
One of the main reasons behind the establishment of our Senior School was to provide for the first time independent secondary education for families in and around Woking. Students and their families alike benefit from travel times that are shorter than those for senior schools outside the immediate area, allowing students to take advantage of after-school enrichment activities and more time with family at home. We also offer a door to door bus service in the immediate area, a gem for busy, multitasking parents.
We have an open door policy as every student’s learning journey needs a robust child – parent – teacher partnership to be truly effective. We encourage regular informal communication as well as the more structured parent evenings and planning sessions about your child’s future pathway.