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Middle Years

Middle years boy student walking outside


From the ages of 13-16 your son will move through the Middle School house.

His Academic Tutor will follow him, working closely with the House team to support his progress ahead of public exams. Each year your son will gain greater independence, personal space and responsibility surrounded by professionals who really understand adolescence.

From September 2023, our Middle Years groups (Fourth Form, Shell and Fifth Form) will be housed in the newly refurbished Chalmers West and East houses. Middle Years Day pupils will be housed in Rogerson, and there will still be plenty of opportunity to interect with their boarding peers as lessons and activities will remain very much a shared experience. As they join Chalmers/Rogerson in the Fourth Form the boys will complete that transiton from the Junior to the Senior end of the School. In the following year, which we call ‘Shell’, the boys are starting to focus on their GCSEs. The next year, Fifth Form, is then the crucial GCSE year, and this is when all the preparation and hard work pays dividends.

Come and visit us and see for yourself the spirit, ethos and demeanour of our boys.

two middle years students playing pool


Our Difference

over 200

hot chocolates a night

over 400 hours

of prep a night

10 hours

physical activity a week


opportunity to specialise in a particular sport or develop a bespoke sporting programme


of pupils achieved a*/a grades at gcse


bronze and silver duke of edinburgh opportunities


pupils achieved 9 or more a*/A gcse grades


extensive weekend activity programme

our difference

The three ‘Middle Years’ are not only a time of strong academic advancement, but also a time of fun, exploration and cultural and sporting expression. Boys mature rapidly between 13 and 16, and our specialist knowledge of teaching boys in a boys’ only environment will give your son the best possible platform for moving onwards into the Sixth Form.


A Day in the Life of the Middle Years…