Warwick Schoolreview by University College London student. The school provides a reasonably wide range of subjects to study though has thankfully not as yet started to teach many 'mickey mouse' subjects. Academically I would say that the school's major strengths lie in the sciences, both traditional and social. The school has recently built a brand new state of the art science centre that has unrivaled facilities. The school also benefits from close links with nearby Warwick University, which is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 universities in Britain. 2008 also marks the completion of a new building for the Classics, Politics and Maths departments. I believe that the school has a good approach to teaching, striking a nice balance between teaching simply what one needs to know for the exams to a very high level and also expanding upon points to further stir pupils interests and to provide them with a higher degree of understanding of their subjects than is strictly necessary which is beneficial in their university years. This is what I have found at least! Throughout senior school up until VI-form class sizes tend to be around 20/22 boys for each subject, with very interactive teaching the order of the day. This is present to an even greater degree in the VI-form, when class sizes (depending upon subject) can range from anything as low as 1 boy per class to a maximum of about 13 boys. This leads to plenty of close up teaching and discussion. Staff are also very available and approachable at any time, boys always being able to find them in their classrooms, offices or the staff common room if they so wish.
There is a very high 'quality of life' at the school with good discipline and care being shown by all. The school site is very clean and boys tend to be well dressed, thanks largely to 'the marshall' who's main purpose in life is to pounce on any boy seen littering, or walking around with their shirt untucked etc. The library and computer labs are always easily available throughout the day as are each classes form room, which they may use at lunchtimes, breaks etc. The school is set in the pleasant town of Warwick on the banks of the river Avon and a short walk away from park land and historic Warwick Castle. The school is part of the "Warwick Schools Foundation" that includes "Squirrels" prep school (mixed) and "Warwick Junior School" (that are both based on the same site as the main school) as well as "King's High School for Girls" which is a short walk away towards the centre of town. The girls school and Warwick do take part in some activities together in the later years such as drama, CCF and activities. The school is fairly traditional with a prefect system, a house system (though this does not really play much of a part), a school matron, a school reverend etc. The socio-economic make up of the school is predominantly white upper-middle class, though in contrast the boarding house is made up mainly of foreign students who tend to be from Hong Kong.
For the first two years (L4th & U4th/Y7 & 8) boys have games lessons twice a week, with the main sports being rugby in winter and cricket in summer. Boys are also required to play an instrument of their choice for the first year of their time at Warwick, which many choose to continue. Once in the L5th boys have one session of games a week where the main sports are now rugby and hockey in winter, and cricket and tennis in summer. In addition to this games session boys also have the choice of attending 'Activities' or CCF on Thursday afternoons. Activities consisting of numerous rotating activities throughout the year ranging from judo to chess, and CCF being the 'Combined Cadet Force'. Some students get especially caught up in CCF and it is a very good stepping stone for any boys who would like to attend Sandhurst. In terms of sport, the school's strengths are definitely rugby and cricket. The school was crowned national rugby champions by winning the U18 Daily Mail Cup in 2007 and reached the semi finals again in 2008. As a result of this the school has invested in flood lights for the 1st XV pitch to enable Warwick's rugby prowess to flourish further. For hockey and tennis the school also possesses two large and relatively new astro-turfs. The mixture of academia and extra-curricular activities at the school is definitely beneficial to all and leads to well-rounded individuals with much to put on their UCAS forms!