Scarisbrick Hall Middle School

YEARS 5 & 6


The curriculum in Year 5 and 6 takes pupils on a journey far beyond the standard national curriculum, with an emphasis on depth of understanding across a range of subjects. All pupils study:



Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Geography, History , Religious Studies,

French and Spanish

Computer Science and ICT  

Music, Art & Design, Drama, Dance, Food and Nutrition

PE and Sports



The Entrance Examination for Year 7 is traditionally sat in the January of Year 6. Details of this will be sent out to prospective parents. Please be aware places are limited for entry into Year 7. 


As well as the traditional subjects, all Year 5 and 6 pupils embark on our own course called “One Island Nation”. This course studies elements of History, Geography and Classical Civilisation and links it to our understanding of our present society in Britain. 


The Middle School Passport runs throughout Years 5 and 6 and enables pupils to develop a wide variety of academic and social skills. As part of their Entrance Examination, pupils will present their work in the form of an A3 Passport book, highlighting activities they have taken part in outside of school, along with certificates and awards they have received. 


At the end of Year 6, pupils will be assessed on the work they have produced. Based on this assessment they will receive their Passport, where they will commence the second part of their Middle School studies in Year 7 & 8 through their Diploma.

YEARS 7 & 8


In Years 7 and 8 pupils build and extend their knowledge in preparation for GCSE study. Additional time on the curriculum is given to Languages and Humanities subjects with Classics and Latin also made available. In the Spring term our Year 8 pupils make their option choices in preparation for a three year GCSE programme starting in Year 9. Throughout Years 7 and 8 pupils complete their Middle School Diploma to support their access and transition to the College. 


The Middle School Diploma is a progressive award, starting in Year 7. It has been created to allow pupils within upper Middle School to progress their learning in a more independent way and to recognise pupil progress in all aspects of their school life. It provides them with the opportunity to develop more of the independent and collaborative learning and life skills, required for College.


Credits will be awarded for pupil input and progress within a number of key areas. The responsibility will be on the pupil for gathering evidence and recording information in their planner highlighting when they have been allocated credits. These credits will then in turn be signed off during form time by the class teacher and recorded in the pupil portfolio.


Every pupil will have their own portfolio to be kept in their classroom. Within this, pupils will not only record their credits across the Diploma areas but also keep evidence of certificates and awards which they have gained throughout their Middle School years.


At the end of Year 8, pupils will again be assessed and, dependent on their performance within this Diploma, will be awarded a level of achievement which will be Pass, Merit, or Distinction (Gold Award). Those pupils achieving highly in the campaign element of their Diploma may also gain their level 1 LAMDA award at Pass, Merit or Distinction. Those pupils not gaining sufficient credits to receive a diploma may receive commendations for individual areas of the diploma. These pupils will have a meeting with Senior staff to advise them how they are best to progress as they move into College.