Our Lower School is one in which our young people enjoy learning. It is a mature and supportive community that builds confidence and life skills, equipping students for success in senior positions within industry and the professions, as well as in their personal lives.
The opportunities for our students are broad and diverse. Learning is exciting and fulfilling and delivers all round academic achievement, combined with individual personal development. Boarding options are available to Lower School students.
We support young people who excel in specialist areas and encourage them to seek international, national, regional and county recognition. Creative and aesthetic activities are also given high profile. Add to this participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, success in Young Enterprise competition and overseas excursions as part of the World Challenge Expedition and you will quickly recognise the breadth of opportunity, challenge and enjoyment open to all young people at Ockbrook School.
Prospective Year 7 students are invited to join us for an exciting Induction Day towards the end of the Summer Term. Students spend a day in our Senior School working in groups and taking part in problem-solving activities organised by different Departments. These could include a challenge to make a paper aeroplane that can fly the furthest, matching pictures with Russian phrases and a treasure hunt to find a famous historical figure.
The students have lunch with the Senior School and experience first-hand our wonderful grounds at break times. Year 7 students then begin their time in the Senior School at Ockbrook School with an induction morning on the first day of school in September. This is a time for the students to get to know the older members of their Form and their Form Tutor before lessons start. They also spend time with the rest of the Year 7 students, finding out about the school day, their timetable, and finding their way around the buildings.
The induction process continues in the first weeks of the Autumn Term, with PSHCE activities that allow students to ask questions and discuss any issues that arise during this time. Year 7 students are also paired with a Sixth Form “buddy”, who meets them on a regular basis and is a friendly face around school.
The most exciting part of the Year 7 induction process culminates in a long weekend spent at Manor Adventure, in Shropshire, where students participate in team-building exercises, encouraging new friendships. Examples of the activities we take part in are kayaking and canoeing, tackling an assault course and a climbing wall, abseiling and BMX biking; the less strenuous activities include initiative exercises and archery.