They say that school days are the best days of your life, and following on from the solid foundations laid by our Preparatory School, in the Senior School these happy memories continue to be fostered.
With a whole new raft of both academic and personal challenges ahead, our aim is to equip our pupils with a toolbox of strategies to enable them to cope effectively with whatever life brings them.
At this juncture in education, the academic environment will by nature become gradually more demanding, but here at Rougemont a team of dedicated and experienced staff is on hand to support and guide each of our students as they continue their journey with us.
A clearly defined support system is at the heart of the Senior School’s caring atmosphere. Small class sizes and the friendly atmosphere allow for excellent relationships between staff, pupils and parents – a foundation which is enjoyable as we celebrate the good times but can be vital as we navigate the rapids affecting teenage lives. Academically, subject teachers carefully monitor assessment grades and examination results so that support and help based entirely on an individual’s needs can be given where necessary.
It is not all work and no play in the Senior School. There are a variety of regularly reviewed clubs and activities both at lunchtime and after school, and sports teams have regular practices and fixtures. All pupils in Year 10 upwards are encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
Working together is encouraged, and the regular inter-house competitions ensure a competitive but friendly environment where highly talented pupils (and occasionally brave members of staff!) show their skills, but equally important is the premise that all should be included. Some of the biggest cheers of the day go to those who simply ‘have a go’ and to us this sums up the true spirit of Rougemont.
The greatest strengths of the Senior School are undoubtedly the relationship between staff and pupils, and the support pupils give to each other. Discipline and respect are key ingredients which, when mixed with friendliness, make a great recipe for exam and personal success. At the end of their time in the Senior School, not only do our pupils have academic currency with which to move forward in life, but crucially they also have friends and happy memories that will last a lifetime.
Mrs S Archer | Director of Seniors