Colfes - The School Today - Senior School (Ages 12-18)

Senior School (Ages 12-18)

The Senior School is based at the top of the main school site. The Senior School has very high standards and excellent academic success, performing well at A-Level and GCSE.An all-weather playing field (funded in part by donations from parents and former pupils) was opened in 2006. The school also has a new Performing arts centre, a Sports Complex complete with a 25 m swimming pool, 2 gyms and a Sports Hall, excellent IT and Music facilities and over 30 acres (120,000 m2) of playing fields. Many of the facilities are shared with the Preparatory School.

The school has a house system where each pupil is randomly assigned to one of the four houses (named after the four longest serving Headmasters in Colfe's more than 350 year history: Beardwood, Bramley, Norton and Prendergast). Throughout the school year each pupil takes part in a full and varied programme of activities outside the main curriculum, in which the pupils participate in healthy competition by age groups to help his or her house win at the end of the year. The current winners are Norton, led by Mr Crowe, Miss Mellor, Henry Byrne and Rosie Yates. Each house has two House Tutors, plus two House Captains selected from the Lower VI (Year 8). In addition, all new members of staff are assigned to one of the houses. The houses are as follows:

Norton House Tutors: Ms Lechmere and Mr Stewart

Prendergast House Tutors: Mr A Bateson and Miss C Humphries

Beardword House Tutors: Mr J Fishwick and Mrs A Chapman

Bramley House Tutors: Dr B Davies and Miss H Dawson

Colfe's School is also in the minority of schools which boast a Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Boys from year 8 and girls from year 9 learn valuable life skills such as leadership and organisation, and have the chance to earn their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, a highly regarded achievement. Led by the CO Major Chris Cherry.

Colfe's organises various events throughout the year in which pupils raise money for a variety of charities. In collaboration with various shops and services in Blackheath, Colfe's hosts an annual fashion show to raise money for Cancer Research UK. In December 2004, Colfe's students and teachers began to build, decorate and stock a library at Kotu Senior Secondary School in the first of a now annual series of visits to The Gambia. Subsequent developments at Kotu have included a sports surface, new and improved toilet blocks, classroom refurbishment, a new Domestic Science room and an assembly hall. Colfe's Senior School (along with the Preparatory School) has recently been added to the 'Good Schools Guide' website

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