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Middle School

At Combe Pafford School, the Middle School consists of Year 8 and Year 9 pupils.

Pupils in the Middle School are taught primarily by their form tutor in order to promote positive relationships and consistency. They also begin to have lessons timetabled with specialist teachers in some subject areas.

The learning in the Middle School is differentiated using a combination of KS2 and KS3 National Curriculum content to meet the individual needs of our pupils. In core subjects (English, Maths, Science, ICT), the content is carefully planned to suitably stretch and prepare pupils for future accreditation. Every class is well supported by Learning Support Assistants.

Alongside our curriculum offer, we are proud to deliver wider personalised social and emotional support through various interventions, tailored to meet the needs of individual pupils. We have a dedicated Pastoral Lead that works closely to support pupils and parents within the Middle School and a Thrive practitioner delivering the Thrive programme alongside other SEMH interventions. Pupils also have access to our school-based Speech and Language Therapist and CBT counsellor.

The subjects taught in the Middle School are:

  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • RE
  • PSHE
  • PE
  • Music
  • Art
  • Life Skills and Cooking
  • Whole Class Thrive (Year 8)
  • Vocational Skills (Year 8)
  • Vocational Options (Year 9 only)

Year 9

In Year 9, some pupils begin qualifications in Maths, ICT and Science and are taught the specifications of either GCSE, BTEC or Entry Level dependent on the individual pupil’s needs. 

Before leaving the Middle School, Year 9 pupils make their Vocational Option choices for Year 10 and 11. In order for pupils and parents to make well-informed choices, Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to trial a range of vocational courses. Pupils will sample each available vocational area throughout their time in Year 9 on a 3 weekly rotational basis. 

For further information about our Middle School please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McVeigh, Head of Middle School, through the school office.