Welcome to the SMSJ’s Upper School based at the Stamford Raffles campus (Downage)

Students from Years 9 and above are able to benefit from a fantastic range of modern facilities in our recently fully renovated building, and in our new teaching block.  This includes state of the art science labs, technology rooms, a large assembly hall, a dedicated sports hall, a dance studio, as well as well-equipped classrooms.  Our talented and passionate specialised staff strive to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning, across all subjects, is outstanding. We continue to be committed to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.

During their time at the Upper School we will continue to ensure that students develop the skills and the knowledge they need for further education and training, as well as the world of work – skills such as confidence, resilience, independence and maturity.  Our specialisms in Business & Enterprise will provide them with opportunities to explore different pathways, such as University, Apprenticeships or training, through independent Career Advice, as well as work related learning.    In addition, our Performing Arts very much support this aim and, along with our Church of England ethos, which feature prominently in lessons and other aspects of school life.

Our rigorous system of Pastoral & Academic Mentoring continues in Upper School, overseen by Heads of Year and the pastoral team. This provides students with the support they need as they mature further, and deal with challenges that they face as young adults, whether that is public exams, or pastoral issues.  Ongoing monitoring, mentoring and tracking ensure that students make excellent social and academic progress to prepare them for the next stage of their journey.

There are many opportunities for peer support and mentoring, as well as leadership opportunities, with students encouraged to be role models for others and to be self-motivated, respectful, good and active citizens in all that they do. Our school-within-a-school model continues to offers the truly personalised educational environment that genuinely nurtures, inspires and allows young people to excel both now and in their futures. ​

I hope that you enjoy finding out more about our Upper School.

Marika Farrugia

Acting Principal