Within the Senior department we are proud of the high standards of the pupils both academically and socially. The school’s reputation is first class and is sustained by the maintenance of high standards and values. Pupils are helped by our excellent communication with home, our prefect and mentoring systems and pro-active tutoring. The range of subjects on offer is wide for a small school and our GCSE courses are compatible with national requirements. Most pupils subsequently transfer to local sixth forms to study ‘A’ levels before going onto university.
We recognise the value of offering a wide variety of extra curricular activities. Every pupil can achieve in some area, whether it be sport, music, drama or art. Such achievement helps pupils gain confidence and produce a positive attitude towards life and they achieve not only in their results but also in their contribution to the warm and friendly atmosphere found throughout the school.
Exam Results in the Senior Department
In the Summer 2015 GCSE examinations, 94% of pupils gained 5 or more higher grade passes. These results exceed the national average and the majority of our pupils go onto study A-Levels at the local grammar schools and then onto University.
Tower House Head of Seniors, Amanda Jordan said, “We are a non-selective school and to have achieved this level of success is testament not only to the dedication of our teaching staff but also to the level of hard work each of our pupils has put in to achieving their potential. I am just as proud of our “C” grades as I am of our deserving A* grades. I have no doubt that, together with our small class sizes and individual support, our caring mentoring system has contributed to our impressive value added scores.”
Scholarships are available in the Senior department. Academic awards are gained by performance in the county selection procedure or by the school’s internal assessments. In addition, scholarships may be available in sport, music and drama.
Many letters are received by the school from grateful parents during the course of a year and this quote from such a letter, eloquently summarises the aims and purpose of the Senior Department;
“I would like to thank you and your dedicated staff for all the help and support that has been bestowed on my daughter during her time at Tower House. I particularly want to thank you for giving her the opportunity to fulfil her potential, she has been transformed from a child with low self-esteem and confidence, to a confident, successful and outgoing young lady with supportive and loyal friends. My daughter was given unconditional support and encouragement especially over the last six months when exam pressure was having a bad effect on her. She has however come out of this positively and I am very proud to have her as a daughter and as a friend, who is caring and altruistic.”