Lower School (Years 7 and 8)
From the outside QEH may appear daunting, especially for new boys to the school. On the inside, however, it is a totally different story.
Introduction to Life at QEH
New boys and parents are invited to meet staff, tour the building and speak to their son's future tutors in the Summer term before they join. The boys are also invited to spend a day at school to experience some lessons and to enjoy a visit to the Sports Ground. Above all, the boys will be able to get to know their new school friends, taking some of the worry out of that first official day in September.
On the first day of term, all Year 7 boys will be introduced to a Peer Supporter from the Sixth Form. Peer Supporters meet their Year 7 charges regularly, in very small groups or in private, and offer active listening rather than advice. This means that new students can share their worries and explore their own solutions with a senior student who knows the system and has experienced much of what they are going through.
Every morning boys meet with their tutors in their form rooms, which are all located together in a single corridor to provide an area of the school for junior students. The Head of Year's office and the notice board for Years 7 and 8 are also located here. Students enjoy two periods a week with their form tutor and have their own Lower School assembly where issues are raised that are particular to their interests.
To help all new boys settle in, and to allow staff and students to learn more about each other, the whole of Year 7 is invited to a two-day team building camp in the first half-term.
Miss Lydia Mantle (Head of Year 7)
Mr James Kelly (Head of Year 8)