Structure year 7 and above

Senior School

Within the Senior School (Years 7–11), all children are taught within small classes, with additional LSAs for either the whole class or for an individual child. This ensures that we can provide the level of support that each child needs for them to both enjoy their education and maximise their potential.


The school works in different ways for different activities. We have a ‘house’ system that enables children to mix and work with other pupils of different ages and skills across the school for competitive activities such as sport, and for community projects such as fundraising for charity.

Forms & Bases

For educational purposes the Senior School is made up of form groups, each of which has a form tutor. These
are then grouped into what we call ‘bases’. These have a location within the school as well as a grouping by age, and they give each child a group and place where they can feel they belong. The bases are all named after trees, so at present your child could be part of Oak, Beech or Rowan. Bases also provide an area where children can go at unstructured times, e.g. if they find the playground difficult or if they wish to do work in a supportive environment.

Rowan Base

Rowan Base caters for pupils in years 7-11 who have more complex learning needs, or those who require a more sheltered environment with a higher staff ratio.

Pupils in years 7-9 benefit from specialist teaching in the base for some subjects, including Literacy and Mathematics, but are also able to join their peers from Oak Base for other areas of the curriculum.

In years 10-11 Rowan pupils are able to work alongside their peers, following courses that are appropriate to their needs and abilities. A flexible approach enables pupils to gain suitable accredited qualifications, including BTEC, ASDAN and GCSEs where appropriate

Rowan pupils also additional receive individual or group specialist provision according to their needs. Specialist teachers and therapists work with Rowan staff to ensure that skills are transferred into the classroom and across the school day.

Specialist Support

Most pupils at ERS have some specialist provision, in addition to the integrated support they receive in the classroom. This provision is determined, either by the pupil’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or by an assessment of the pupil’s needs as part of our admissions and review process.
ERS has an onsite team of therapists and specialist professionals, each with dedicated space for working with pupils, either 1:1 or in small groups. The specialist team includes Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Specialist Teachers for Literacy and Mathematics and specialists in Emotional and Social Development (SED)