Moving up to Senior School
Links with the Senior School are very strong and Bow pupils frequently visit the Senior School to use its facilities, so your son or daughter will have had plenty of experience of the Senior School before it is time to move up at the end of Year 6.
There is close liaison between teaching staff at Bow and the subject teachers at the Senior School. Parents of Bow pupils are kept well up-to-date with events and developments at the Senior School, including special sessions for those parents of pupils in Years 5 and 6 as they look towards moving up to the Senior School.
Every effort is made to make the transfer of Bow pupils to the Senior School as smooth and easy as possible for both pupils and their parents.
By the time Bow pupils move up to the Senior School at the end of Year 6, they will have visited the Senior School on many occasions. They will have used their facilities as part of their routine at Bow but will also have begun the process of transfer and induction long before it is time for them to leave Bow.
Year 5 Visit
In order to further familiarise Bow pupils with all aspects of life at the Senior School, we arrange an all-day class visit for all pupils in Year 5 in the Summer Term. They attend some specially arranged lessons (perhaps including some subjects they will not have studied before) and a full games session run by the specialist sports staff at the Senior School. Perhaps because it strengthens the feeling that they belong to a community that extends beyond Bow, our pupils have greatly appreciated this early insight into the life at the Senior School that awaits them.
Year 6 Acquaint Visit and New Pupil Induction Procedure
All Year 6 pupils moving into the Senior School will automatically attend the Acquaint Day for all new pupils which is organised by the Senior School during the Summer Term before they join and also participate in the New Pupil Induction Day just before the start of their first term at the Senior School.
"Our son was delighted with the level of learning support he received. His teachers encouraged him not to use his dyslexia as an excuse for under-achieving but equally gave him extra time to complete his work when necessary. Whilst at Durham School our son enjoyed numerous extra-curricular activities - rugby, cricket, ski trip, camping at Kielder, school drama productions, walking Bonnie (the former Housemasters family's dog) and of course, supporting the 1st XV at Twickenham! "
Roz Lyall, Parent of Old Dunelmian