Bromley High School launches groundbreaking Middle School phase

At the start of the 2024/25 academic year, Bromley High School will be launching a ‘Middle School’, a new concept that brings together Years 5 to 8. The Middle School is designed to enhance the primary to secondary transition for students.

The current move from primary to secondary education can feel daunting for most young students, with research indicating that they often experience decreased self-esteem post-transition to secondary school. However, a positive transition programme can mitigate these effects (The Impact of Secondary School Transition on Self-Concept and Self-Esteem, Alexandre Coehlo 2017). Recognising this, Bromley High School is initiating a new approach that begins at Year 5 and extends through to Year 8 to effectively bridge the traditional gap between Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.

The Middle School phase is designed to provide a seamless transition for pupils, encompassing bespoke curriculum elements and comprehensive pastoral support. The purpose of introducing curriculum concepts earlier and reinforcing them throughout Middle School is to alleviate anxiety and ensure that every pupil has a clear trajectory for their learning and personal development. This will directly link to GCSE options to give Year 8 pupils a head start on making future choices in the Senior School.

Central to the Middle School philosophy is the idea of personalised education, tailored to each girl’s needs and aspirations. By focusing primarily on acquiring a deeper understanding of each pupil, the school aims to create an environment where every girl can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

“Innovation for us isn’t about mere tokenism; it’s about meaningful change,” says Emily Rushton, Assistant Headteacher (Middle School). “We want to ensure that our girls feel supported and empowered throughout their educational journey.”

Emily Codling, Head of Bromley High School said: “At Bromley High School, we believe in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in girls’ education. Our Middle School isn’t just about academic advancement; it’s about nurturing a sense of sisterhood and belonging that extends across all years. We’re proud to be at the forefront of this initiative. By prioritising girls’ education in this way, we’re not just preparing them for the future; we’re shaping it.”

The introduction of the Middle School phase represents a significant milestone for Bromley High School and underscores its commitment to providing the best possible educational experience for its pupils.

To find out more, visit Bromley High School’s website.