Jargon Buster

Below you will find certain common words that are used within King Edward’s Witley. Some of these words you will find in the UK educational system, while some are unique to us.

Word Meaning
1st Form The equivalent of Year 7 at secondary schools. Pupils are aged between 11 – 12.
2nd Form The equivalent of Year 8 at secondary school. Pupils are aged between 12 – 13.
3rd Form The equivalent of Year 9 at secondary school. Pupils are aged between 13 – 14.
4th Form The equivalent of Year 10 at secondary school. Pupils are aged between 14 – 15.
5th Form The equivalent of Year 11 at secondary school. Pupils are aged between 15 -16.
A-level Advanced Level qualification that is offered to our Sixth Form. A two year qualification that provides the pupils with UCAS points – required for applying to university. Learn more in our prospectus.
Boarding House At King Edward’s Witley we only refer to our ‘Houses’ so as not to make a distinction between day and boarding pupils. Every pupil is allocated a House, which is a place they will attend for Roll Call, spend time with their friends, and where they will sleep if they are boarders. Please visit our House pages to read more.
Bridewell Foundation Our parent foundation named after Bridewell Palace.  The palace was originally gifted from King Edward VI to train and educate destitute children. The purpose of the foundation is to raise money to enable our Founder’s vision to continue, by supporting ‘Foundationer’ pupils and improving the School constantly. Learn more here. 
Bridewell Room One of our school rooms. Named after our parent foundation.
Bursar The bursar is the person in charge of the finances at a school.
Bursaries A bursary is a financial award given to those who would benefit from a boarding school environment but can not afford the tuition fee. A King Edward’s Bursary is paid up to half by the School and up to half by a charity. For more information please contact the Bursary Officer on bursaries@kesw.org.
Charter Hall One of our main school halls. This is where the majority of Drama performances take place.
Co-curricular Co-curricular refers to activities and learning experiences that take place alongside the academic curriculum. This can include after school clubs and specialist sporting activities. Learn more here. 
Co-educational Co-educational (also known as Co-ed) is mixed gender education. Both girls and boys attend the same lessons and are only separated in their Houses.
Culmer The sports pitch usually used for football at the side of Gurdon’s Lane near the entrance to the School.
DT Design Technology which is the study of construction. For more information see here. 
EAL English as an Additional Language. More information is available here.
EPP Elite Performance Pathway. An additional sports programme used to enhance the skills of the most able sports pupils. For more information see here.
Exeat A weekend in which all pupils, including boarders, are required to go home to their families or guardians. There are typically two a term. Full term dates available here. 
Fees Officer The person responsible for sending fee invoices and collecting the school fees.
Forest School A co-curricular activity offered to our 1st and 2nd Form.  Involves going into our local woodland and learning skills such as building campfires and woodland crafts and structures.
Foundationers Our Foundation pupils, or ‘Foundationers’, are pupils who receive a bursary that enables them to attend the School.
Gating Resulting after a few detentions or an In-House sanction. Pupils are unable to leave the School or House, and are sometimes required to remain in uniform while in their House.
GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education. Pupils studying for their GCSE in the 4th and 5th Form taking the exams at the end of 5th Form. More information about the curriculum is available here.
Guardian King Edward’s Witley requires any overseas pupil to have a Guardian in the UK. A guardian should be a responsible adult (over 25) living in the UK who can be there in an emergency situation on behalf of parents. Those without family or friends in the UK should chose a Guardian Organisation who will provide the relative services. More information can be found here.
Half Term One or two weeks holiday during the ‘Term’. A chance for the pupils to go to their parents or their guardians. Full term dates are available here. 
Head’s Lawn The grass area outside the Head’s office. Home to the boy jumping over the world statue.
Heads Head’s detention on a Saturday Morning.
House Every pupil is allocated a House which is a place they will attend for Roll Call, spend time with their friends, and where they will sleep if they are boarders. Please visit our House pages to read more.
Housemaster The male member of staff in charge of a House. They will typically have an Assistant Housemaster or Housemistress to help.
Housemistress The female member of staff in charge of a House. They will typically have an Assistant Housemaster or Housemistress to help.
House parent A generic term for the member of staff in charge of a House.
HSMs (Huzzums) Collective term for Housemasters, Housemistresses and House parents.
IB International Baccalaureate. Offered to our Sixth Form pupils it is an 2 year internationally recognised qualification. Provides the pupils with UCAS points which are required for pupils applying to university. Learn more in our Sixth Form Prospectus
ICT Information and communication technology. ICT focuses on computer skills. ICT is also known as Computer Science.
KESW King Edward’s School Witley.
Learning Difficulties When a pupil suffers from a condition that impacts on their ability to learn at the same rate as their peers. More learning support information is available here.
Lower Gurdon’s Bottom playing field furthest from the main campus.
Lower Sixth Form The first year of Sixth Form. The equivalent of Year 12 in secondary school, pupils are aged 16 – 17. Sometimes abbreviated to L6th.
Matron A member of staff in charge of domestic arrangements in the House. Each House has their own Matron.
North Side North Side of the Quad, housing Modern Languages, History, RE, Philosophy, ToK and the Staff Common Room.
Noshing Senior Houses take turns to be the last in the Dining Hall to clear away.
Out of Bounds Areas that pupils and teachers are not allowed to frequent. These areas can vary, so listen out for notices.
Pastoral Pastoral care involves looking after the emotional, mental and social well-being of the pupils at the School. For more information see here.
PE Physical Education, otherwise known as Sports. For more information see here.
Piccadilly Can be used interchangeably for the Piccadilly Café  in North Side and the area that Piccadilly Café is located.
Prep Homework, work to be completed outside the school day. Houses have prep time in which pupils are required to complete their work.
Pre-Sixth The Pre-Sixth is a one-year programme for pupils aged 15 – 16.  It helps International pupils complete a programme of (I)GCSEs and prepare them for the Sixth Form. There are three different pathways to choose from which are further explained here.
PSHE Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. All 1st to 5th Form pupils follow a non-examined course in PSHE which complies with statutory guidance on the delivery of sex, health, financial and citizenship education.
QMH Queen Mary House. The House that is home to all 1st and 2nd Form pupils, both girls and boys. For more information click here. 
RS Religious Studies, also known as RE (Religious Education). For more information click here.
School run A term which usually applies to day pupils who are dropped off and picked up by their parents.
Selborne Room One of our main presentation and meeting rooms located in the Quad.
Snicket The path that runs between the main school site and the Astro. Often used as the boundary line for ‘Out of Bounds’.
South Side Southside of the Quad, with Art and Classics classrooms.
Sports Complex Our main sports centre. Home to the fitness centre, swimming pool, indoor courts and changing rooms, next to the tennis and netball courts.
Term An academic Term is the times of the year when the School holds lessons. There are typically three during an academic year – Autumn, Spring and Summer Term. These dates are set by the School, and change every year. For full Term dates please see here.
The Accy The activity rooms shared by the Girls’ and Boys’ Senior Houses.
The Heart A small heart-shaped piece of grass that is surrounded by the Senior Houses.
The Lampost Stands in one corner of the Tarmac; pupils often use this as meeting point.
The MC The Medical Centre, sometimes referred to as ‘The San’. More information about our healthcare and Medical Centre available here.
The Quad A beautiful courtyard area, under the archway, past the Main Reception.
The Sundial In the near corner of the Heart.
The Tarmac Large tarmac area in the centre of the school site alongside the Exhibition Hall used for parking.
ToK Theory of Knowledge. One of the core subjects for the IB course at Sixth Form.
Tuck Box Snacks for each House every evening, they are collected on a rota basis from the Dining Hall after Tea.
Upper Gurdon’s Top playing field furthest from the main campus with a cricket pavilion. This is currently being returfed.
Upper Sixth Form The second year of Sixth Form. The equivalent of Year 13 in secondary school, pupils are aged 17 – 18. Sometimes abbreviated to U6th.

 

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