Senior School is such an exciting stage in the educational journey. From the first year in Senior School, pupils start making choices about what they study, with GCSE options considered in the Spring term of Year 9. By the end they are making the momentous choice of what to study or do next as adults. It is also a time where the pressure on pupils can be at its greatest: as they manage the complexity of adolescence and feel the future beginning to weigh on them.
At Fulham Senior we seek to foster above all the secure capability to cope with these pressures and embrace these opportunities. We want all our pupils to excel in the areas they care about most, but beyond that we want them to engage with their learning, and their futures, with independence of mind and confidence of spirit.
Situated in the heart of Fulham, the location is a wonderful place to work, play and grow. Specialist teachers and support staff inspire our pupils to work to the limits of their potential and prepare them for the next steps in life while learning more about themselves and developing a broad range of interests. Our close-knit but global community celebrates individuality, kindness, and ambition.
Fulham Senior seeks to provide an excellent traditional education in core subjects and to make available the array of wider activities that allow each individual to find a place. However, more than this, we seek to provide life skills, the ability to make connections between and beyond subjects, the ability to work together to achieve more than any individual can alone: these are the things that make us distinctive.
We are also proud of our origins as a prep school that has grown upwards. Senior school can be a time when many of the virtues of junior school are lost as year groups grow and subjects’ splinter. Much of what we do at Fulham Senior is designed to preserve the supportive and collaborative atmosphere of prep school in the very different world of senior education. Theme weeks where all pupils collaborate; year-groups small enough that everyone properly knows everyone else, but large enough to be challenged and drawn out; above all personal attention, recognition and celebration from teachers who care deeply about every individual’s progress – these are some of the things we retain as horizons broaden and university beckons.
Over the years ahead, our pupils will find many opportunities coming their way. We ask them to make the most of these; get involved, ask questions, and discover new ways to express themselves. We encourage them to always do their best. There are no limits to what one can achieve if you aim high and remain persistent and embrace all the challenges, academic, sporting, or extra-curricular with a positive outlook and enthusiasm.
The first few years of Senior School will be the most exciting in a pupil’s school career. They must share their knowledge and skills. Challenge themselves and their peers daily and above all, have fun. If you would like to know more, please get in touch. We relish the opportunity to share our passion for this wonderful school.
Head, Fulham Senior
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