Academic life is flourishing in the Senior School and we are proud of our pupils’ achievements. Whilst we have an outstanding academic record, our focus continues to be on nurturing the girls’ natural curiosity and passion for learning. Achievement, confidence and happiness are central to the philosophy of Adcote, where girls are encouraged to reach their full potential.
The Senior School gives girls a chance to develop an understanding of the viewpoints of others and to think about contributing to the world around them. We aim to bring the best out in every girl – regardless of her academic ability when she first enters the Senior School.
Small class sizes enable our dedicated teachers to deliver tailored learning for pupils of all academic abilities, including the highest. Individual help is available for any girls who require support with their studies or to help them overcome a specific learning difficulty.
A wide range of subjects are taught in the Senior School, which is reflected in the large number of options available at GCSE and iGCSE. Both the Performing and Fine Arts form an integral part of life in and outside the curriculum, as do Art and Textiles. Sporting and cultural activities are also used to inspire initiative, ambition, responsibility and compassion.
PE, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), information on careers and work experience are included as an important part of the core curriculum for all the girls. Work experience happens in Year 10 where girls are found a placement in the organisation of their choice in liaison with Connexions.
In the Lower Sixth the majority of girls study four subjects to AS level and usually continue with three subjects to A2 level the following year.
The school day begins with Assembly or form time at 8:35, and continues until 4:05. Supervised prep and activities then take place until 5:55, when the buses leave for day girls. Day girls are welcome to join the boarders for breakfast at 8:00 and to stay for supper if they wish to. We aim to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of busy working parents.