The Middle School begins when the girls enter the LV. By then, they are familiar with the every day routine of the school, as well as the ethos and values the school instils. Their friendship groups have broadened and they have had the opportunity to try a variety of clubs and societies.
Most of their GCSE courses start in the V and culminate in exams in the VI. The Middle School is probably one of the most exciting periods for a Paulina; they have their first taste of public exams and they experience a vast array of opportunities. It is a time of change and all about making choices.
In the LV the girls will select their GCSE options, which gives them the chance to do the subjects they enjoy most and will set them on their course for A levels and further education. They will be given a lot of support and guidance through the Middle School about their higher education. The careers programme formally begins in the LV with the Take Your Daughters to Work Day allowing the girls to experience the work place environment.
In the V the girls will complete the Morrisby Careers Profile to help them establish what their interests and strengths are. The annual careers conference ‘A Levels and Beyond’ combined with visits to companies will give the girls an exciting insight into what careers there are. Building on this, they will then research career paths in the VI to help them decide on their AS choices. Along with all this, Old Paulinas will speak to our students about their career paths and the options open to them with their given GCSE and A level choices.
The Middle School also offers the chance for girls not only to continue with their previous clubs and societies, but to try out a myriad of new ones. We offer everything from debating and code-breaking to life drawing classes after school. The V and VI are also important members of the Journalism team. In the V, some girls are chosen to be part of the school’s Peer Support team. They act as mentors and give advice to other students who may need it.
There are also a huge number of trips to take part in including various language and cultural exchanges (Barcelona, Beijing, Dresden, Montpellier, St Petersburg, Washington), the Arvon creative writing course, a study retreat to Walsingham, the battlefields trip and the annual ski trip.