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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College

    Upper School

    Welcome to the Upper School section of the website. Upper School comprises of students in Years 9, 10 and 11.

    The Upper School Pastoral Team is made up of the Heads of Year and Assistants to the Heads of Year, the Tutors, Student Mentor, School Support Worker and the Upper School Administrator. Together we are responsible for the safety, wellbeing and support of the students in Upper School, carefully monitoring their progress, behaviour and attendance in close contact with parents and carers.

    In Upper School, we continue the good work done in Lower School insisting on very high expectations of students in terms of their standards of behaviour, uniform and punctuality. This, combined with a positive attitude to learning ensures excellent student engagement and ultimately very good examination results.

    We encourage students to have high aspirations and offer an excellent careers programme which fully supports students through the process of option choices in Year 9, a 2 week work experience placement in Year 10, right through to the next phase of their lives at post-16.

    A lot of time is spent analysing data to ensure that all students achieve their potential when it comes to examinations. Students will be asked to set targets for themselves three times per year in association with each subject teacher, thus we ask them to take responsibility for their own learning.

    The rewards system continues and regular Reward Assemblies are used to celebrate those achieving highly within the rewards system both as individuals and as tutor groups.

    Please feel free to contact myself or any of the team should you have any queries or problems whilst your child is with us as the relationship between school and home is paramount to the success of your child whilst in Upper School.

    Andrew Rickard

    Head of Upper School