The Senior School
At Hall School Wimbledon we believe that anything is possible and that every pupil must engage fully in his or her own learning. The Senior School years are where children shape their own identities as young adults. Hall School Wimbledon’s nurturing pastoral care and broad curriculum supports your child on this journey.
Of course, results are important. In 2018, 62% of GCSE examinations at Hall School Wimbledon were awarded the top grades 9 to 6. These successes enable our Year 11 leavers to take up places at leading academic and creative Sixth Forms. Our results significantly exceed those of other comparable non-selective schools. However, our academic ethos is shaped by a view that cultivating characteristics of resilience, adaptability, confidence, good humour, collaboration and empathy are just as important to our pupils’ long-term success. These are the qualities which make our Senior School leavers effective independent learners, and future leaders of society in a challenging world.
Personable and committed teachers in the Senior School help pupils to navigate the complex teenage years. The small size of the school, with just two classes per year group, means that every child is known as an individual. Your child’s day-to-day wellbeing and academic progress are overseen by a Head of Year, who is available to pupils and parents to discuss any concerns. Furthermore, all pupils in Years 10 and 11 have their own Personal Tutor, introducing them to a more university-style mode of studying during their GCSEs. Hall School Wimbledon is proud to be the only co-educational senior school in Wimbledon: girls and boys have positive role models among the senior pupils and teachers, while both men and women are represented in the senior leadership of the school.
Senior School in brief
Broad and varied curriculum
In Years 7, 8 and 9 (ages 11 to 14), pupils study a broad and varied curriculum which offers a balance between academic, creative and sporting endeavours. All pupils study two modern languages to ensure an international perspective, and start to shape their own learning by choosing from a range of elective enrichment courses.
The unique HSW Homework System enables pupils to reflect, consolidate and review their learning each day, while maintaining a healthy balance between school and family life.
In Years 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16), pupils prepare for their GCSEs. Hall School Wimbledon offers a wide range of optional creative subjects, including Fine Art, Photography, Music, Media Studies and Drama.
Our intimate campus is easily accessible by bus, train or tube; in addition, we offer a school transport service to Wandsworth, Balham, Clapham and Battersea. Being in Wimbledon offers pupils opportunities to access the rich cultural and sporting life of this historic area; we are one of only a few schools to train Ball Boys and Ball Girls for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Pupils with specific learning difficulties are accommodated in mainstream classes, with extra support from our SENDCO and dedicated learning support tutors, where required. It is our belief that academic achievement should be made available to all.
Next steps: Sixth Form
After completing their GCSEs, our leavers go on to a wide variety of academic and creative Sixth Form destinations. Sixth Form teachers tell us that, with our emphasis on nurturing independent learning and taking responsibility for themselves, HSW pupils are very well prepared for Sixth Form, university and beyond. We plan to develop our own Sixth Form provision over the next 18 months as the natural culmination of an all-through education.