Year 7 & 8 - Middle School
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new Middle School (Years 7 & 8) in September 2023. MVA’s newest and youngest pupils will receive the same award-winning education as their older peers, but with an exciting twist: a unique, forward-thinking curriculum specifically designed for their age group.
Year 7 & 8 students will develop new subject-specific skills and study habits that will prepare them for later learning. They will be encouraged to think creatively and critically in response to a diverse and challenging curriculum that has been designed to instil a lifetime love of learning as well as a greater sense of self and confidence - all areas that Minerva has been passionate about since its founding in 2014.
As with MVA’s Senior School, new Year 7 & 8 pupils will participate in a full programme of school activities and lessons each week, including Assemblies, After School Clubs, Well-being classes, and our pioneering World Changer Programme where pupils are challenged to think outside of the box and work in groups to solve interesting problems.
Pupils will also benefit from one-to-one sessions with their personal mentor, who will help them grow and develop as individuals, both in and out of the classroom, and where needed, pupils will be supported with their SEND and SEMH needs.
New pupils joining MVA in Year 7 & 8 will have an advantage as they will have time to adapt to our style of education, known as "Flipped Learning," and make friends well before embarking on their pre-GCSE studies from Year 9.
We are running an Open Evening for all Middle School prospective parents and students on Tuesday 16th May - 6.30pm GMT / 1hr
What does the Curriculum look like?
In terms of academic subjects, all Middle School students will study Inner Core & Outer Core subjects and take part in the “Carousel”, where they will be able to try different subjects without commiting to a full year of study. Our curriculum has been carefully designed on two key principles:
- to prepare Year 7 & 8 students for future learning (in Year 9, and GCSE), and,
- to do so in a way that is forward-looking and progressive that will help them gain skills needed for later life
Unlike other online education providers, MVA provides a full school experience for a single fee.
The following subjects will be studied:
Inner Core Subjects (total = 4.5 hours live lessons per week):
- English (Cambridge Lower Secondary)
- Maths (CLS)
- Science (CLS)
Outer Core Subjects (total = 3.75 hours live lessons per week):
- Global Perspectives (CLS)
- History (Independent Schools Examinations Board)
- Digital Literacy (CLS)
- 1 Language chosen from - French, German, Spanish (ISEB)
- PSHE (CLS)
Carousel Subjects (total = 0.75 hours live lessons per week in the Autumn Term):
- Art & Design (CLS)
- Classical Civilisation (ISEB)
- Computing (CLS)
- Music (CLS)
- Language Taster (offered to all in the Autumn Term): Mandarin
All students will have 3 weeks each of Art & Design, Classical Civilisation, Computing & Music in the Autumn Term
They will then be able to add ONE of these subjects to their timetable from the Spring Term onwards as part of their package (i.e. with no additional cost)
If they wish to add more than one subject from the carousel, additional charges will apply.
Co-curricular & Extra-curricular
Middle School students will benefit from the same unique all round school experience as their older peers, which includes weekly sessions of the following:
- Personal 1-2-1 Mentoring
- Whole School Assembly
- Year Group Assembly
- World Changers Projects
- Social Rooms
- Enrichment Weeks
- Creative Projects
- Internal & External Competitions
- School Trips
We are running another Open Evening for all Middle School prospective parents and students on 16th May at 6.30pm. Please see here for more information.
How to Register
We are currently taking enrolments for students to start Year 7 or 8 in September 2023. Please book a Discovery Call with us or head to Admissions for more information,