RBIS Middle School
A system designed to meet the needs of your child as they grow and develop
As a young adolescent (9 -14 years old) your child will grow and change physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially at a rate greater than at any other time in their lives, except from birth to age three.
To understand what pupils in their middle years need in order to be successful learners, we have to understand the key characteristics of young adolescents.
As generations of parents and teachers experience these include:
- Rapid and uneven physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth and development.
- Increasing self-consciousness, uncertainty, and self-doubt.
- Intense curiosity and a wide range of intellectual pursuits, few of which are sustained.
- A need to belong and contribute, which will take unhealthy forms if they can’t find healthy ways to fulfil this.
- A need to feel respected, especially when they are being guided to make appropriate choices.
- A preference to interact with peers during learning activities.
- A preference for active over passive learning experiences. A strong sense of justice and an alertness to anything perceived as unfair.
Throughout their schooling, children and young people need to feel safe, both physically and emotionally, before they can begin to develop intellectually.
An RBIS Middle School education provides a school climate that nurtures and supports young people at a time when they need it most.
Our effective practices in creating an excellent Middle School learning community include:
- Being child-centred and generally small enough for everyone to be known personally.
- Providing a curriculum which is balanced between the subject-centred and pupil-centred needs of the young adolescent, promoting self-esteem and self-knowledge and developing a foundation for life-long learning.
- As a Middle School we occupy the formative central ground in the education process and are uniquely placed with opportunities for creative flexibility of organisation to meet the needs of students through a time of considerable and wide ranging intellectual, physical and emotional development. The unique mix of subject specialist teaching and close teacher-child relationships can give the security, stability and challenge that is critical for the growing self-confidence of the young adult.
What can a young learner expect from an RBIS Middle School education?
- High expectations for learning, achievement, and personal development
- Engaging learning
- Independence encouraged in a structured, protective environment
- Learning related to their world and issues important to their age group
- A variety of learning styles and teaching methods; e.g hands-on, experiential lessons that enhance pupil engagement
- Regular feedback
- Respectful, supportive relationships valued and promoted
- Challenges to foster higher-order thinking skills
What can a parent/guardian expect from the RBIS Middle School?
- A system matched to the developmental needs of children, fit for the 21st C.
- A nurturing environment which enables children to develop as happy, confident, and resilient individuals
- A wealth of opportunities both within the curriculum and extra-curricular
- Children to make good progress
- Regular communication with school and supportive relationships
Pupil needs for autonomy, career and identity exploration provided in a safe environment that is mediated by understanding adults
What advantages does the RBIS Middle School system offer?
The advantage of a traditional three-tier system, with its two points of transfer, is that our school is better able to focus on the needs of children at different stages of their education.
The RBIS Middle School supports a form of schooling ideally matched to the developmental needs of children; one which caters for about three age groups and can be better focused on the needs of pupils at each stage of their education and organised appropriately.
Rather than the abrupt change at the age of 11 experienced by many children, our middle schools offers what we might think of as a ‘bridge’ between two different kinds of schooling – one in which our students experience a carefully managed and smooth change from a degree of generalist teaching on entry to middle school to more discretely specialised teaching in the final year.
Building on the nurture and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Primary School sections, middle school pupils benefit from the advantages of a relatively small and secure environment, where they are well known; this enables their intellectual and emotional needs to be met within secure and clearly defined boundaries and for individuals to thrive and develop.
The middle school retains a guarantee of a broad and balanced curriculum in the timetable and access to specialist teachers and specialist facilities on offer, with the specialist rooming and equipment for art, technology and science.
Pupils arrive at their upper school keen and eager for success at a time when traditionally, disaffection and disenchantment begin to affect secondary schools in the two-tier system.
Analysis of GCSE data over the last four years shows that students in three tier schools achieve outcomes at age 16 which are above the UK national average.
Above all the middle school provides wider opportunities for young adolescents within what is still a relatively small institution. This enables their intellectual and emotional needs to be met within secure and clearly defined boundaries.
RBIS Middle School – an advantage we are proud to deliver.
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