Welcome to Fryer House: Year 7 & 8

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Our approach to learning in KS3
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From the very beginning, our curriculum encourages each one of our students to achieve the best they can. Broadening their horizons and helping them to better understand themselves through a varied curriculum that stretches and challenges them. We’ll harness your child’s innate inner-drive, helping them to develop independence, confidence and a deep desire to learn and grow.

We provide Chromebook laptops as part of our fee. This gives students access to our Google Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where they’ll be able to use our online learning resources, collaborate with each other, and complete assignments.

The School is currently redeveloping a beautiful Victorian building to become a new School Library and Sixth Form Study Centre to create further inspiring study spaces for our vibrant learning community.

What will I learn in Year 7 & 8 +
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LP Learner Profile

The Leighton Park Learner Profile is a touchpoint for our students and staff, reminding all members of our teaching and learning community of the aspects of education that we value most greatly. These approaches and skills have an impact across the whole curriculum and enhance the educational experience for each subject as well as within cross-curricular activities. The School’s Quaker values are at the heart of the Learner Profile, underpinning everything that we do.

The Curriculum in Year 7 and Year 8

  • English
  • Mathematics: Classes in sets according to each child’s experience and ability.
  • Science
  • Creative Arts: Art, Drama, Music
  • Technology: Design Technology, Textile Design, ICT
  • Humanities: Geography, History, Global Perspectives
  • Languages: Spanish or Mandarin in Year 7, plus French in Year 8
  • Global Communications
  • Physical Education: Sport and Wellbeing

Fryer House at a Glance

  • 60 students in each year
  • Average class sizes of 16
  • Small tutor groups of 10 students provide each child with more individual support than most Independent Schools, where the average is between 20 and 25
  • Students see their tutor three times every day, ensuring very close relationships and a high level of support. A child’s tutor is responsible for their academic and personal development. They’ll also be your primary point of contact
  • Initiatives like our Fryer Project Qualification as well as setting in Maths, ensure that students are stretched and challenged, preparing them for focused academic study in the Senior School
  • Dedicated House staff with a strong focus on pastoral care and wellbeing
  • Leighton Park won the national ISA Award for Excellence in Pupil Personal Development 2022.

Subject videos
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The promise of choice lies at the heart of Leighton Park’s curriculum with students exploring subjects in breadth and depth. Students are supported to explore new areas and build on their subject knowledge, enabling them to make an informed choice when it comes to selecting subjects at GCSE level. Watch our subject videos to hear what our students think.

Use the icon in the top right of the video to select different subjects.

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Creativity Action Service
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Our Creativity Action Service (CAS) programme is a unique aspect of the Year 7 and 8 timetable, developing practical skills which can be deployed to help others. Embedding changemaking early on cements the school’s Quaker ethos and facilitates our students embracing future opportunities. From September 2024 we are re-shaping our CAS offering to include the exciting subjects of Engineering and Music Tech as separate lessons in the academic timetable and to boost our Music creativity within the CAS programme. See what our September 2023 cohort have enjoyed in CAS this year!


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