Transition to Senior School
Channing Senior School is the natural progression for most girls in Year 6. There is no 11+ entrance examination and this allows the girls to learn free from the pressure of being prepared for the 11+ tests.
In fact, we do not teach to tests. It is not part of our ethos and we know that this benefits our pupils immensely, both academically and emotionally as they move up through the Junior School, Senior School and all the way to Sixth Form.
But don’t just take our word for it.
Some statistics…in the 2019 summer public examinations, of the pupils who sat A levels at Channing School, 16 had been in our Junior School, achieving 28% A* and 52% A grades, compared with 27.2 A* grades and 42.4% A grades achieved by the overall cohort.
In short, Channing Junior School students outperformed their non-Channing Junior School contemporaries. And this happens every year!
Although the Junior and Senior Schools occupy separate sites on either side of Highgate Hill, we are joined by so much that it always feels like one community.
The whole school often celebrates success together – we all sing, clap and, most importantly, skip out of the Hall at the end of each term, led out by the Junior School pupils!
There is always an extra buzz in assemblies when the Junior School girls join the Senior School students – Channing Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Year 5’s rendition of ‘Five Gold Rings’ during our singing of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas!’. Whole-school assemblies also celebrate the Junior School girls’ academic, sporting and artistic achievements. Junior School Head Girls and House Captains are appointed each term and they know that their roles are appreciated by everyone at Channing.