Fulham Senior School

Our Senior School in London provides a future-focused GCSE course in a welcoming and highly supportive environment, ideal for pupils who seek an engaging, broad-ranging secondary education from Years 9 to Year 11.

Our High School is situated on Chesilton Road in Fulham, West London for Year 10 and above, with Year 9 located at our Greyhound Road Campus, Fulham.

Why choose our High School in London?

Our Senior School's GCSE education offers excellent opportunities for young people who are ready to embrace their learning. Our UK curriculum couples traditional core subjects with specially selected activities that give all pupils the chance to discover their strengths, learn from their mistakes and grow in confidence.

At our Senior School, students are assisted by their teachers as they make vital learning decisions. We seek to ensure that our pupils excel in the areas they care about most, and are equipped to overcome challenges by supporting them every step of the way.

Fulham Senior School Curriculum

Year 9

Our transformative, creative, and inspiring curriculum distinguishes our Senior division. To support our students effectively, we implement a long-term assessment schedule, which goes hand-in-hand with personal support. Senior students take a timed test in most subjects each week. 'Cycle Assessment' allows us to combine traditional exam methods with innovative teaching techniques to reinforce GCSE learning methods. In addition, age-appropriate homework tasks are set according to a timetable.

In Year 9, the curriculum is broad to empower students to challenge their inquisitive minds across several topics. They discover their interests and strengths and gain a broader perspective on the world around them through increased awareness of global events.

Year 10 & 11

In Years 10 and 11, learning objectives become more specific and detailed in preparation for GCSE examinations. GCSE preparation is two-fold. Learners focus on understanding subject content, while also developing skills in analysis, evaluation, research and independent study. After-school activities balance academic education, and the Senior School timetable incorporates PSHE topics, and the 'Fulham Core' module, which is scheduled during tutor time.

We are proud to provide students with two unique school subjects: our weekly Communication Skills course and the Independent Learning Project, which is designed to equip pupils with robust research, analysis, communication, and presentation skills.

Senior School Class sizes are relatively small. The maximum number of students is 22, guaranteeing a high degree of personal support and sufficient opportunities for involvement in all lessons and activities.

The Fulham Project

On an annual basis, each year group comes together to design and deliver a project or service for others in the school community. To complete the project successfully, pupils need to communicate with each other, collaborate effectively, and follow the cycle of attempting, failing, refining and succeeding. Project work offers a unique way for students to apply the skills they have gained from other subjects, increase their resilience to challenges, adopt leadership skills, and demonstrate tolerance when faced with adversity.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The Senior School building is purpose-built, with modern glass architecture, adding brightness to the urban school environment. The school includes a variety of modern classrooms that have been designed to accommodate classes for year groups 9 to 13.

The Senior School facilities feature classrooms that have been designed to reflect their studies. Classrooms and learning spaces may be large, small, open plan or held in a lecture theatre. Lessons may also take place in our bespoke drama studio, the art room or in one of two science labs. 

The Tutor System at our Senior School

The Tutor System at our Senior School

The tutor system is at the heart of our school philosophy, underpinning each individual's learning journey to their socio-emotional growth and overall well-being. Tutors support the work of class teachers and are the main point of contact for parents and guardians. These highly-skilled professionals are well-equipped with expert knowledge of how to guide pupils throughout their journey in secondary education.

Senior School students meet their tutors every morning in a module known as ‘The Fulham Core’, due to its focus on core school values. During this module, Senior pupils explore their own value system with others in the learning community while in year group and school assemblies. PSHE lessons cover topics pertaining to values, health, education, and well-being.

languages at secondary education

Language Study

Language tutors aim to foster a love of additional language study, with student to student communication at the centre of our approach. Pupils are introduced to the cultures of people across Europe which gives them insight into the lives of others. Language lessons are designed to be fun and stimulating, while also strengthening communication skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

A Word From Our Head

head of senior school in fulham

Joss Williams

Head of Senior School

Has there ever been a more exciting time to be going through your education and preparing for what the future holds?  All of the challenges we have ever faced or will face have been tackled with a combination of ingenuity, teamwork and technology; we have needed resilience and flexibility. A Fulham School secondary education aims to develop those aspects of every student who comes through our doors and to ensure that the habits of a life-long love of learning are developed and enhanced. Throughout our community the focus on innovation and enquiry is balanced by commitment to universal wellbeing, positive engagement and global responsibility; it is here at this final stage of the School where we see the students really evaluate themselves and their leadership of these guiding principles.

We offer our students a rigorous academic grounding in what the World Economic Forum calls academic literacies which are the golden threads of any classical education.  Options such as GCSEs and A-levels are enhanced by opportunities for personal academic research and coaching in how to use online resources to learn independently.

Through these formative years, Fulham School students are supported by a team around each student: tutors, subject teachers, leaders specialising in key academic or pastoral areas under the oversight of the Senior Leadership Team and enhanced by specialists in educational need and counselling, who ensure that every student is known and cared for, such as we would wish for our own children.  In this family environment, they are guided and supported, allowed to find their own way and develop themselves so that the path to independence includes the right amount of challenge.

Our ethos is that a truly successful education should be enhanced by much that goes beyond the curriculum, so that trips, activities and clubs enhance and enrich the academic experience.  Character qualities such as initiative, persistence, curiosity and leadership are as important as academic literacies in developing the whole child.

With a background in the military, my own educational grounding at University College London and the University of Oxford, as well as a career in top-flight schools in the UK and overseas, I am well placed to provide the combination of academic rigour and enrichment, alongside pastoral care and guidance to ensure that all of our students flourish.  Through a combination of excellent teaching and expert university admissions advice, Fulham School enables students to find the right university to enable that journey to continue to even greater success.  A Fulham School education gives your child the best chance to go into the world resilient, and ready to flourish, whatever the future holds.  

Secondary School Clubs & Activities

Most students learn best through practice and experience, as opposed to memorisation. The practical application of knowledge and in-depth discussion are critical in the process of developing creative and practical competencies. Secondary education specialists create the space for pupils to explore topics without judgement and encourage individuals to delve deeper into concepts to promote expansive understanding.

Senior School Activities

Senior School Activities

Senior students enjoy an array of extracurricular activities that reflect their interests. Activities are led by passionate teachers and coaches, who offer fun and exciting opportunities for students to broaden their skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, creativity and analysis.

  • Subject Support Clinic

  • Arts & Crafts Club

  • Chess Club

  • Music Ensemble

  • Science Club

  • Coding Club

  • Podcast Creation

  • Debate Team

  • Model United Nations

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Games and PE Lessons

All Senior pupils attend PE lessons and Games Afternoons. At this level, PE focuses on individual practice across various activities, while games afternoons concentrate on team sports. Many sports are available, including football, cricket, rugby, netball, rounders, gymnastics, athletics, basketball, hockey, tennis and swimming. Specific after-school clubs, such as rowing and climbing, take place at local clubs off-campus.

  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
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Music & Drama

Music is an essential element of the Arts Pillar. Most pupils take individual lessons in one or more instruments, and a wide choice of choirs, orchestras and ensembles enable musical collaborations, disciplined preparation and performance experience.

  • Choir
  • Theatre
  • Film-making
  • Orchestra

Each year, all teachers debate a single issue or topic from the point of view of their various disciplines in the presence of their students. Debates may address social issues, such as crime and imprisonment, or engineering challenges, such as designing and promoting the perfect electric car. They may also address a significant historical period and its impact on science, maths and language, such as the Age of Enlightenment. This school-wide event enhances cross-disciplinary understanding and helps students conceptualise how their learning can be applied to solve real-world problems.

The core curriculum provides subject knowledge and enhances enterprise, public speaking, teamwork and presentation skills. As part of daily practice, teachers also help students refine 'soft skills', including structured writing, planning, logic and sequencing. In traditional subjects, children are encouraged to distinguish skills and content so that they understand how to apply their learning. For example, analysis skills gained in history class may facilitate the successful evaluation of an argument for an R.E. essay; socially, the same skills may help students win a debate among their peers at break time.

Failsafe: Project-Based Learning Our school is in the process of developing Failsafe, a programme designed to encourage pupils to take academic risks and remain resilient to failure. We want children to appreciate the cycle of attempting, failing, refining and succeeding to increase their tolerance of unfamiliar challenges. Obstacles may defeat an individual for longer than necessary; however, the school environment is where pupils can learn to adopt a positive mindset and remain determined to succeed. The values of discipline, work, resilience, and determination are fostered across the school during project-based learning, which also promotes independence, group work and problem-solving skills

Additional Services for Senior Students

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

All pupils are supported by an experienced and dedicated SEND team that works across Fulham School. Our approach is for all pupils to engage with different learning styles, supported by the advice of subject and support specialists: learning needs are the responsibility of all, not just one department.

Small classes and regular individual meetings allow both teachers and pupils to engage in a productive and fruitful dialogue. However, the SEND team supports this learning process through in-class provision, small group classes and one-to-one classes. Please note that additional support may incur an additional fee.

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