Carrdus School was purchased by Tudor Hall School in 2011 as a collaboration project to enhance the educational offering across both sites, creating one united entity and allowing students from both schools access to not only a vast range of state of the art facilities and specialist teaching but an abundance of opportunities which will broaden their horizons.
The upper school at Carrdus take regular sports sessions at Tudor Hall utilising the talents of the sports staff dedicated to hockey, netball, tennis, athletics, football and cricket. From year 1 onwards specialist subjects such as Science, Languages and Latin are all taught by the Tudor Hall Teachers within the classrooms at the school.
Tudor Hall’s all-weather sports pitches provide the perfectly relaxed introduction to secondary school life for many of our students and slowly allows our children to adapt to the surroundings of a much larger site, while growing in confidence and maturity by the time they come to leave us.
The highly qualified teachers visit Carrdus School on a weekly basis to teach Year 1 through to Year 6 Languages and Year 5 and Year 6 Latin and Science. Our own purpose-built science laboratory provides the perfect setting for introductory experiments, a taster of the secondary curriculum and allows our children to engage ‘learning by doing.’
The girls who decide on Tudor Hall for their senior education without a doubt have the added advantage of having a connection with some of the passionate staff when they join the school, which in turn results in a far smoother adjustment and settlement period.
Recent Tudor Hall events such as the grand opening of the new Teaching Centre by HRH Duchess of Cornwall, have allowed our children and staff to experience a first-class Royal event whilst at the same time, immersing themselves in a range of interactive secondary school lessons.
Specific year groups are invited to attend termly outreach events, alongside other Primary and Prep schools such as ‘A Play in a Day’ hosted by Tudor Hall’s drama department and ‘Science Day’ hosted by the science department. These events are a fantastic opportunity to immerse the children into a specific subject or task at senior school level, enjoying a day of fun while making new friends along the way!
The collaboration between the two schools and harmonious working attitude among the staff across both sites means that there is strength in numbers to continuously enhance the pupil experience.
In return Carrdus offers both work experience and gap year placements to Tudor Hall girls, arming them with additional skills and adding value to university applications. We currently have three Tudor Hall girls acting as classroom assistants, who have been an invaluable addition to the team and a career foresight for those interested in teaching.
Molly left Tudor Hall in 2020 and applied to Carrdus for a Gap Year role and is currently working as a Teaching Assistant in the Year 5 class. Molly said of her experience;
“I decided to apply for the Carrdus placement because I loved my time at primary school, and I wanted to be involved in the teaching side of life at school. I feel like your time at primary school has a big influence on the rest of your time in education, and I have really loved being involved in classroom activities. The application process included the preparation of my CV and an interview with the Headmaster over zoom. It was a brilliant experience and was good preparation for applying to jobs in the future. I am currently working with one class which is great as it gives me the chance to really understand what is involved in classroom teaching. The role has helped me with my university application because teaching is an area that I am interested in exploring as a possible career. At Carrdus I have been given the chance to lead small groups and learn from the teachers there. I have really developed my communication skills which will be extremely useful when I pursue a higher education programme.”