LOWER SCHOOL – Years 7-10

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.

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 pupils are invited to join us for an exciting Induction
Day towards the end of the summer term. Pupils spend a day in our
Senior School working in groups and taking part in problem-solving
activities organised by different departments. These include a
challenge to make a paper aeroplane that can fly the furthest, matching
pictures with French phrases and a treasure hunt to find a famous
historical figure.

The pupils have lunch with the Senior School and experience first-hand
our wonderful grounds at break times. Year 7 pupils then begin their time
in the Senior School of Ockbrook School with an induction morning on
the first day of school in September. This is a time for the pupils to get to
know the older members of their form and their form tutors before lessons
start. They also spend time with the rest of the year 7 pupils, finding out
about the school day, their timetable, and having a tour of the key parts of
the buildings.

The induction process continues in the first weeks of the Autumn Term,
with PSHCE activities that allow pupils to ask questions and discuss any
issues that arise during this time. Year 7 pupils are also paired with a
Sixth Form buddy, who meets them on a regular basis and is a friendly
face around school and someone they can go to for advice or a chat.

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.