The Upper School is equivalent to secondary school, running from Year 7 to Year 11. At this age, children are reaching an age at which they start to look for adult role models. They no longer want to blindly accept authority; instead, they need to be inspired by the positive presence of those around them. The starting point of the Upper School is to provide this atmosphere of honesty, thoughtfulness, self-possession, consideration, strength of mind and kindness.
Building on the rich and imaginative inner connection to the subjects and themes covered in previous years, the pupils are increasingly ready to understand more about why and how things take place. Cause and effect, polarities of views and a deeper understanding of the world are at the heart of the curriculum. Subjects are taught and explored through debates and collective journeys of discovery, appealing to the emerging powers of intellect and to pupils’ need to challenge all that comes their way until it makes sense and becomes real to them. There will be a strong focus on helping pupils to learn how to question and examine ideas; to think for themselves and come to their own opinions; and to find their own values, ideals and direction.
Upper school teachers are experts in their fields who have devoted themselves to particular subjects or skills - the logic in mathematics, the control of the hand and sharpening of eye in metal-work and wood-carving or the development of bodily grace, control and expression in gymnastics. This expertise helps pupils to trust in the value of what is offered to them.
From class 9 (age 14-15) pupils will, alongside the Steiner curriculum, learn towards sitting their GCSEs.
Mathematics, Geometry, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English language and literature, French, Spanish, German, music, drama, movement, geology, geography, ecology and sustainability, art and design, woodwork, metal work, ceramics, photography, history, history of art and more.
GCSEs will be offered in the following subjects, subject to annual review: Maths, Sciences (double award), Geography, History, French, Spanish, German, Art and Design, English.
Steiner Academy Hereford - (c) 2013