Year 7 and 8 at Sedbergh Prep

Spirit Of Innovation

At Sedbergh Prep School, we welcome children up to the end of Year 8, allowing pupils aged 11 to 13 to flourish at the top of the School. This allows for the development of qualities such as independence, confidence and maturity for an additional two years, before children move onto their chosen Senior School.

Spending the first two years of their secondary education as the oldest pupils in a school means that the roles of additional responsibility within the Prep School, such as Heads of Day House, leading the School Council and sports captaincies, are filled by the children in Years 7 and 8. Alongside this valuable experience, there are extended enrichment experiences available to the older pupils, such as representing the school in a variety of events and taking part in additional residential, fieldwork and sports trips. These opportunities are not always available to children who have joined the youngest year groups in a secondary school.

We have high expectations for academic attainment, responsibility and leadership in our Year 7 and 8 pupils. This includes being mentors and role models to our younger children, meeting and touring prospective families and embodying the School's Ways of the Wolf.



In Years 7 and 8, the children have a dedicated Form Tutor, who they meet twice a day, whilst all academic subjects are taught by specialist teachers. Alongside the traditional academic subjects, we expand our curriculum with computer science, coding, design, technology and engineering, philosophy, music, sport and performing arts lessons. To allow for a curriculum of such depth and breadth, children in Year 7 and 8 attend Saturday School during most of the term time.

Our unique curriculum allows children to discover, apply and communicate what they have learned at every step. It has been developed to promote active engagement, creativity and independent learning, helping to prepare pupils for the demands of the modern and future workplace.

Years 7 and 8, pupils work towards our SPACE profile (Sedbergh Prep – Academic, Community, Extra-Curricular) which has replaced Common Entrance exams at Sedbergh Prep School. Alongside a final attainment grade for each subject area, each child's notable achievements, roles of responsibility and effort in non-academic subjects combine to create an individual SPACE Profile.

We believe this profile is a far more accurate representation of each pupils’ particular abilities, interests and personal achievements. It embodies the Sedbergh Prep School aim - to bring out the best in every child and develop young people who are resilient, hardworking, friendly, respectful and who approach challenges with a 'give it a go and try your best' attitude.

For more information about the Year 7 and 8 experience at Sedbergh Prep, please complete the form below and our admissions team will contact you.


11+ scholarships

Individual talent and potential is recogised through the awarding of 11+ Scholarships at Year 7 entry in a variety of fields. More information about these and our means tested bursaries can be found on the Scholarships page.

For more information about the Year 7 and 8 experience at Sedbergh Prep, please complete the form below and our admissions team will contact you.