Year 8 (Age 12+)
In most cases, by the start of Year 8, the choice of senior school for each child will be known. The academic focus for the year is therefore to prepare the pupils for the entrance or scholarship examinations for their particular school. These take place, in several cases, in January and for other schools later in the academic year. We also work towards the 13+ Common Entrance standard and all Year 8 children will sit this externally set examination in June. For some, this will be their means of entry to senior school but for all it provides a clear and challenging goal in a wide range of subjects and, for us as a school, a measure of standards against a recognised and consistent yardstick.
This academic focus is balanced by the continuance of a broad curriculum throughout the year, the practical, artistic and sporting opportunities providing challenge, inspiration together with fun and recreation in the children’s busy week.
As the children grow in maturity and prepare for entrance to senior schools they are expected to show a greater sense of responsibility and leadership by example. There are various positions of leadership to which the children may aspire: Head(s) of School, Prefects, House Leaders, Leader of the Orchestra, Head Choristers of the School Choir, Captains of Sports teams. These provide both a sense of achievement and the opportunity to exercise responsibility and grow through it.
After the Common Entrance examinations in June there follows a programme of activities, outings and visits by guest speakers. The pupils take part in a light-hearted concert in the Bishop’s garden, produce an end of term Review and go on camp on Dartmoor. All this replaces the normal academic programme and provides an exciting and memorable end to their Exeter Cathedral School career.