About Years 7&8

About Year 7&8

Year 7: Curriculum

Year 8: Curriculum

Junior Phase Team


The Typical Junior School Timetable

The first two years at Island School are both the start of a new journey and the continuation of an old one. Much of what the students encounter will be new and exciting but we are also building on the experiences of their years in primary school.

When you meet an Islander, as former Island school Students are known, the first thing they wil tell you is what house they were in. The House System is at the heart of everything we do. It dates from the very first days of Island School in 1967 and is the source of what alumnae of all generations affectionately remember as ‘The Spirit’ of Island School. For new students it is the central point of reference for their school lives. The house group is also their form group for many courses in years 7 and 8. It is the main friendship group throughout the school and the group in which many sporting, artistic and academic activities are undertaken. The house staff – Form Tutor, Head of House and Senior Head of House – will be the first point of contact for parents and the people who get to know individual students best from their arrival to writing university references and beyond.

Click here to see what students study in each subject

Island Time
One of the academic subjects that is taught in house groups lies in the centre of our curriculum. Island Time draws on the experiences of Primary School education with its emphasis on trans-disciplinary inquiry. It also draws on all the other subject areas as a central place where literacy, language, mathematics, technology, science, the humanities and the arts can meet. We picture Island Time as an island in the centre of our curriculum with bridges to all the other subjects giving them a joint, as well as individual meaning.

To see more detail on the aims and structure of this subject read The Island Time Manifesto here.

Circling round Island Time are the individual subjects, taught by subject specialists:

These subjects engage the students in subject specific skills as well as the generic ones used across all subjects. The understanding students gain will equip them to make choices in future years about where to concentrate, develop and specialise. This eventually leads to choices for university and life beyond.

At Island School we believe strongly in what we call the integrity of childhood. Childhood is not just preparation for adult life, it is important and must be enjoyed for its own sake. By encouraging a love for learning we hope that Island School students become more responsible, creative, analytical, engaged and happy. We strongly echo the ESF vision that learning should be joyful.

Updated May 2017


Vice Principal
Julian Reed
Senior Leader
Kate Sommerville
Senior Head of House
& Year 7 Leader
Angela Worthington 
Senior Head of House
& Year 8 Leader