Senior School - Year 9 to 11
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.
We are thrilled to announce that we are to partner with TG Escapes to design and build our Senior School building. They have built 800 buildings throughout the UK, specialising in the education sector. TG Escapes originated from the belief that you can create stylish buildings from sustainable materials which will enhance the wellbeing of the occupants as well as helping to protect the planet.
Designing buildings net-zero in operation as standard, TG Escapes achieves this through a combination of the latest technologies, highly insulated energy-efficient design, best in class ventilation, off-site construction and the use of timber and carbon offsetting. Their in-house professional team covers Architects, Structural Engineers, M&E Designers, Drainage Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers as well as managers for Commerial, Operations and Procurement, all of whom will input throughout our project.
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) before moving into Year 10 and the GCSE programme. 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.
|Maths||Latin||Physical Education||Business Studies|
|Engineering||Theology, Philosopy & Religion||Media Studies|
Throughout Hoe Bridge, pupils experience a vast array of educational trips, both day and residential bringing classroom studies to life. This is an important aspect of school life and will continue through to the Senior School broadening further cultural experiences and adventures for all our children.
Year 7 & 8 Residential Trips Planned
|Year 7 2023/24||Year 8 2024/25|
|Bushcraft Survival Expedition - UK (Autumn Term)||Bushcraft Survival Expedition - UK (Autumn Term)|
|Language & Culture Trip - France (Summer Term)||Mountain Outdoor Expedition - Italy (Summer Term)|
|Humanities Trip - Greece (Biannual - Optional)||Humanities Trip - Rome (Biannual - Optional)|
|Football Tour - Netherlands (Annual - Optional)||Football Tour - Netherlands (Annual - Optional)|
|Netball Tour - Europe (Annual - Optional)||Netball Tour - Europe (Annual - Optional)|
|Cricket Tour - St Lucia (Biannual - Optional)||Ski Trip - France (Biannual - Optional)|
Year 7 & 8 Day Trips Planned
|Year 7 2023/24||Year 8 2024/25|
|Excel New Scientist Live Show (Autumn Term)||River Investigations (Autumn Term)|
|Natural History Museum (Autumn Term)||Natural History Museum (Autumn Term)|
|Resilience Training (Spring Term)||Resilience Training (Spring Term)|
|Brooklands & Mercedes Benz World (Summer Term)||Houses of Parliament (Spring Term)|
|F24 Kit Car Race at Goodwood (Summer Term)||Heathrow Airport (Summer Term)|
|River Investigations (Summer Term)||Hampton Court Palace (Summer Term)|
|Cooking Extravaganza (Summer Term)||Science Museum (Summer Term)|
Trips and experiences through Year 9 to 11 will be developed further to include the below and more:
Wearing their House badge with pride on their blazers, children have the chance to work with their friends and staff, interacting with others and developing new and stronger relationships with different year groups in our current House system and this will continue through to the Senior School. For Year 9 and above, the system will aim to develop student leadership in our Senior School and also vertical integration across Prep. Existing pupils will continue in their House with new students being allocated to either Cornwall, Kent, Gloucester or York when they enter the school. Siblings are always placed in the same House.
Regular inter-house competitions and activities (House lunches, charity events, music, sport and debating) for senior pupils will continue and friendly competition is always encouraged! The roles of Captain and Deputy for each House are voted on yearly. These pupils lead their House and are on hand to look after the younger members.
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.
Available in Academics, Music, Art & DT, Performing Arts, Sport and an All Round Headmaster Award.
Scholarships recognise those students with exceptional ability or potential in a specific area and seek to nurture this throughout their time at Hoe Bridge through our programme of enrichment and mentoring. Please find further information about our scholarship programmes and how to apply HERE.
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.