Academic Overview

Hampton Court House is a through school taking pupils aged three, right up to eighteen. Some students choose to move on after 11+ in Year 6 or through Common Entrance or Scholarship papers in Year 8. Increasingly however students are choosing to stay on to GCSE in Year 11 and A levels in the Sixth Form.

Each section of the school is overseen by a dedicated Head.

The Early Years

The Nursery provides a highly stimulating and welcoming environment for children to learn through interaction with each other and adults. They learn through play with songs and games and through the enthusiasm of their teachers. This is done in a variety of languages, English, French and Spanish.

We work in small groups and one-on-one with each child at the younger end of the school to ensure that pupils moving into Year 1:

    1. are able to read and enjoy reading;
    2. are able to write and enjoy writing;
    3. enjoy school and are confident in their abilities.

There is no rigid timescale to achieve the above. It happens for the most part naturally and without pressure.

The Lower Years

When the above is achieved children move into a true English/French bilingual environment from Years 1 to 4. This is known as the Lower Years, which is overseen by the Head of Lower Years, Anne-Françoise Ropert.

The Middle Years

Years 5 to 8 are called the Middle Years and are overseen by Kathryn Sumner, Head of Middle Years, who places an emphasis on personal development through drama, growing self-confidence and developing presentation skills.

In Year 6, all pupils sit internal 11+ examinations, set by the Independent Schools Examinations Board, in English and mathematics (the science papers are taken later in the year). Some pupils at this time elect to sit 11+ examinations for other independent schools (e.g. Kingston Grammar School, Godolphin & Latymer, St Paul’s Girls’ School, Surbiton High etc.) or are ‘screened’ by senior schools (e.g. Eton, Westminster) before being offered conditional places via 13+ Common Entrance or Scholarship.

All Year 8 pupils sit ISEB 13+ examinations in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, history, geography, French, Spanish and Latin. All Year 7 pupils study Spanish with a view to taking Common Entrance Spanish (Level 2) in Year 8. Students are prepared for 13+ Mandarin examinations.

The Upper Years

Years 9 to 11 are the Upper Years, overseen by Daniela Mingham. These are the years in which children will make the decisions which will shape their future. Daniella and the rest of Upper Years team prepare them well for entering the real world.

Year 11 sees pupils complete their batch of GCSEs. Key subjects include: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, French, Spanish, Latin, Computer Science, Art, Photography and Psychology.