Senior Preparatory The Whole Character

In the Senior Preparatory part of Terra Nova School, in addition to the Curriculum, the holistic focus is very much on developing the child’s whole character. By the time our pupils leave the school at 13, they are confident, articulate, mature young people equipped with the necessary tools to enable them to make the very best of the opportunities their senior school will present.

The Griffin Award

The Griffin Award, is only available to Year 7&8, promotes leadership, giving pupils the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan, organise and lead a broad range of activities. In order to achieve The Griffin Award, pupils must achieve the following criteria:


1) Attitude and Resilience

  • During House and/or School Competition, demonstrates mental toughness by remaining confident and focused. Responds positively to individual and team setbacks.

2) House Leader / School Captain

  • Embraces the role of team leader, organising and enforcing positive thinking on team mates during School and/or House Competition.

3) Charitable Contribution

  • Organisation and/or support of a charitable event in school and in your local community.

4) Planning and Leading Activities

  • Effectively plan, organise and deliver an activity for peers.

5) OAA Explorer

  • Embraces a range of challenges whilst participating in an Outdoor and Adventure activity.

6) Peer Mentoring

  • Takes responsibility for the welfare, safety and development of a younger peer through the TN Buddy System.

7) GM Gold Award

  • Performs in all aspects of school life to achieve a GM Gold Award.

8) Forest School Ambassador

  • Support staff in planning and delivering of a Forest School activity.

9) Senior Boarder

  • Demonstrates excellent levels of behaviour and independence when boarding. Support staff in the delivery of a boarding activity.


Team building and leadership activities

The opportunities, such as achieving “The Griffin Award”, for pupils to develop their team building and leadership skills at Terra Nova is integral to what the school offers the pupils who stay on for Year 7&8. For want of a better description, the children are the best of the school. Pupils have developed into young people. They know where their individual talents lie and are confident to tackle things they find challenging. They are the school’s end product and as such are role models for the younger children to aspire to become.

The Character

Members of the Terra Nova teaching staff assess our pupils’ behaviour. Specifically they look at how a pupil is performing in being:

  • Reflective or Responsible
  • Resilient in persevering
  • Collaborative in working with their peers

Pastoral contributions eg how engaged, enthusiastic and how much pupils contribute to school life

House system contributions eg how much pupils contribute to the house system

School Clubs

For the Senior Prep School children there are a number of clubs (some free and some paid for) that run during break times in the school day and  from 5pm – 6pm. There are delivered by the teachers. Just a few examples of these clubs are: Chamber Choir, DT Club, Chess Club, Fencing, Shooting, Golf, Cooking etc. Also available are subject scholarship preparation clubs.

Holiday Clubs

Holiday clubs take place on an ad hoc basis. The clubs are organised and run by the teachers and on occasion external companies and cover a broad range of activities and sports. Clubs vary in duration, some run for a week, others can run for up to two weeks. Examples of clubs are as follows: Archaeology Club, Tennis Club, Cricket Club, Scholarship Art Club, Rugby Easter camp etc.

The Academic

The joy of learning and the immeasurable opportunities this presents is constantly emphasised to the children. The small class sizes and the individual focus ensures that all children fulfill their academic potential.

The Individual

Each child is known by their teachers, their individual talents and strengths are celebrated and their weaknesses are supported.

The Leader

Teaching leadership and entrepreneurial skills is integral to the Terra Nova way of life. Pupils develop self motivation, communication and decision making skills.

In Year 7&8 pupils complete the Griffin Award, designed to help them learn to lead, recognise their strengths and weaknesses, organise themselves and others and contribute to the wider school community.

The Risk taker

 Our children are able to challenge and push boundaries in a safe environment, which supports the school’s wish for its pupils to excel and grow in confidence. Having the confidence to take risks and learn from mistakes are key life skills. At Terra Nova we truly believe that FAIL is the First Attempt In Learning!

What we've been doing in Senior Preparatory

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