Boys and Girls : 13 - 18 : Boarding
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The Head of Lower School runs a programme of enrichment activities for pupils in their first three years at Uppingham. In the Fourth Form a day trip at the beginning of the year and a more extended trip at the end of the summer term involve pupils in a range of creative group activities. Throughout the year current affairs quizzes help pupils to engage with the news; pupils are encouraged to take advantage of the rich cultural programme of visiting musicians and theatre companies; and ‘Think Tanks’ involve all pupils discussing an idea of their choice individually with a teacher.
In the Lower Fifth year, pupils may be invited to join the Junior Seminar Group and for some this can lead to the completion of an independent Level Two Project.
Academic Scholars are expected to carry out work and research beyond the curriculum, and the Master of the Scholars oversees their activities. They are the core members of the Leighton Group (named after Roland Leighton, pictured*), in which they and other academically able pupils are stretched and challenged.
Members of the Leighton Group are assigned a mentor who meets with them a number of times throughout the year to discuss issues and tasks, and to monitor their progress. Typical activities would be an assessment of what makes a good leader, an extension of language skills, a scientific investigation or higher mathematical problem solving.
The members of the Leighton Group in each year regularly meet up for group discussions and progress checks. Past assignments have covered debating and writing a paper on the routes of Islam and the concept of Utopia, for example. On other occasions cultural trips are organised to broaden the scholars’ cultural experience. Recent trips include a visit to Oxford and Cambridge including the Pitt Rivers and Fitzwilliam Museums, and a group went to the Althorp Literary Festival. Members are also encouraged to visit galleries, theatres and exhibitions in their own time.
All scholars and other members of the Leighton Group are expected to play a full part in academic societies and activities throughout the school and to set a lead in academic endeavours.
*Roland Leighton was in The Lodge 1909-1914; Senior Prizeman at Speech Day 1914; fiancé of Vera Brittain who wrote 'A Testament of Youth'; died 1915.
More details are available in the Lower Sixth Course Options guide:
One of the benefits of a fully boarding school is the amount of time available for pupils to extend their academic interests beyond the classroom. All subjects offer a range of extra-curricular activities and there are many long-established academic societies, offering pupils the opportunity to take a lead in exploring their academic interests. Further details can be found in the handbook below or through the individual subject pages.
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