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At Blanchelande, the senior school is divided into Lower Seniors (Years 7-8) and Upper Seniors (Years 9-11).


Welcome to the Blanchelande Seniors

Students in senior years receive a well-balanced curriculum of liberal arts (academic subjects, which perfect the intellect), fine arts (which involve creating beauty), and useful arts (which aim for utility and skill, especially in technical fields).

With class sizes around 20 teachers are able to focus on finding each student’s individual strengths. Additional one to one provision is also available through our Learning Support department.

Lower Seniors: Years 7-9

Pupils in the senior school enjoy and broad and stimulating curriculum, studying English, Maths, Biology, Physics, Science, RE, Classics (Latin), History, Geography, French, Spanish, Art, Computing, Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, Music, PE/ Games and PSHE (including Relationships and Sex Education).

For our Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) curriculum booklet, Curriculum Booklet 2022 (2).

Upper Seniors: Years 10-11

All pupils in Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11) study English, Maths, three Sciences (either as single or combined), RE and PSHE (including Relationships and Sex Education), as well as three GCSE option subjects (including a number of subjects not studied in Key Stage 3, such as Psychology, Business Studies and Computer Science).

For our GCSE Options Booklet, click here.


For information on school sport, click here.


Curriculum Maps

You can download our curriculum maps for each year group below.

Year 7 Curriculum
Year 8 Curriculum
Year 9 Curriculum
Year 10 Curriculum
Year 11 Curriculum


Reading lists

Blanchelande promotes reading throughout the school and our library team are pleased to share recommended reading lists.


Digital Literacy

All students have full use of their own school Microsoft Office 365 account, with MS Teams as the main school platform. This is accessible both at school and from home. Although students in our senior school do not use their own devices at school (unless for certain SENs), students can have a fully integrated experience by downloading the Microsoft apps to their personal phones. From the Sixth Form, students have full laptop use in school.

FOSIL – inquiry-based learning

Using the internationally recognised FOSIL framework (created by our Head of Inquiry-Based Learning, Darryl Toerien), students develop the skills and attitudes required for independent inquiry systematically and progressively from Reception through to Year 13. This bears fruit through Signature Work – inquiry units through which students extensively explore a relevant question (sometimes across multiple subject areas) and create a meaningful product. For example, in Year 6 pupils undertake a structured and guided year-long inquiry across Art & Design, English, ICT, Library and Maths leading to a Bronze CREST Award.


‘Bringing home the gold’

Inspired by the Hero’s Journey, Blanchelande students flourish in an atmosphere of high aspiration and high encouragement. Students from Year 3 – Year 13 attend the Principal’s assembly each Friday morning at which the achievements of pupils across all Phases are celebrated (with awards including merits, badges, stickers and the coveted ‘Dragon Slayer Mug). The Blanchelande Diploma is a unique personal development programme that runs in every year from Year 3-13.


Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Opportunities

At Blanchelande, enrichment and extension is part of our culture and students are required to participate in a minimum of two extra-curricular activities per week.

Enrichment opportunities include:
  • Drama productions
  • Choir, orchestra and chamber groups
  • Outdoor learning (including the Blanchelande Eco Hut)
  • Educational visits
  • Activity Week (in the Trinity term)
  • Off island trips
  • Higher Project Qualification (Year 10) and Extended Project Qualification (Sixth Form)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Scheme (bronze, silver and gold levels)
Extra-curricular clubs include:
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Bedrock
  • Orchestra
  • Rugby
  • Chess
  • Italian
  • Robotics
  • Debating
  • History
  • GIFT and PACE

Sporting endeavor

Blanchelande students of all levels of ability gain great enjoyment from individual and team sports, with opportunities for all to play a part in competitive sport. Opportunities include house matches, inter-school competitions and tournaments as well as our most outstanding performers gaining selection for island level teams.

Although a smaller school, Blanchelande students experience considerable success on the sports pitch.


Student Leadership

Students have many opportunities for leadership and responsibility, including many volunteering roles, prefects, the School Parliament, Subject Ambassador, House Captain and, in the Sixth Form, Head Girl and Head Boy.


The School Day

8.00 am – 8.30 am Drop off (De Salle Hall)
8.30 am Assembly/Form time/Lessons begin
10.50 am – 11.15 am Morning break
11.15 am – 1.00 pm Lessons
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch/ extra-curricular activities
2.00 pm – 3.45 pm Lessons
3.45 pm School ends/ extra-curricular activities