Year 7

At Newland House, we strongly believe in the benefits of the full preparatory phase with transfer to senior school at 13+ for boys. We are completely focused on this age range and are able to guide, nurture and support the boys through the transition to senior schools. We believe that staying in our child centred environment beyond Year 6 offers the opportunity for every boy to develop at his own pace and allows for a greater sense of achievement and responsibility. 


Boys have traditionally transferred to senior schools at thirteen because adolescent growth tends to come later. They become the eldest in the school and are afforded responsibility and the opportunities for teamwork and leadership at an age when they can become responsible citizens. In Year 7, they feel more confident learning and applying skills, maintaining self-control and dealing with peer competition.

Year 7 continues with three classes: a potential scholarship class and two parallel mixed ability Common Entrance classes where pupils are set in English and Mathematics.  Classes remain in their form rooms for registration and move around the school for specialist teaching. Art, Music and Design Technology are taught termly in rotation.  Boys are challenged and extended with visits and workshops for example a History trip to Salisbury Cathedral, Medieval visitors and a French residential trip to Normandy to improve their French.

We offer a broad curriculum where boys are taught beyond the narrow confines of the National Curriculum and are academically stretched. We focus on the preparation of pupils for Common English and Scholarship to senior schools. We encourage a problem solving approach and aim to teach children how to learn and develop strategies for themselves. We engender in boys a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning, which enables them to leave Newland House with a broad range of skills covering all areas and specific abilities, which they will have honed during their time here.

We offer:

  • Excellent subject specialist teaching which academically stretches, challenges, and provides public examination experience across the subject range
  • Smaller class sizes with setting in English and Mathematics
  • Study skills, time management development, and the foundations of GCSE
  • Mathematical Challenges
  • Townsend Warner History Competition
  • SATIPS General Knowledge Challenge
  • Debating Competitions
  • French interschool Play
  • Richmond Library Cover Story Competition
  • A broad programme in Sport, Music, Art and Design Technology