Middle School

Years 5 to 8
Guiding growth and developing individuality

The Haileybury program is tailored to each educational stage and builds resilient and independent learners with a strong work ethic and critical skills in decision-making, leadership and enterprise.

The students leave Haileybury as well-rounded young citizens with a love for learning, prepared for life on the global stage and with the drive to be active members of society.

Our Middle School program

Haileybury Middle School provides for the changing needs of students in their formative years, helping with the transition from primary to secondary school while students continue to develop their knowledge and skills through a varied curriculum.

Our Middle School program covers every key developmental stage within supportive, single-gender classes that cater for the social, emotional and educational needs of pre-adolescents and adolescents.

What are the Middle Years?

The term ‘Middle Years’ describes a stage of schooling that bridges the divide between standard primary and secondary education. It responds more effectively to the specific needs of young adolescents, with the focus on developing a deeper understanding of issues and higher-level learning outcomes.

“Haileybury Middle School is for Years 5–8. Students starting in Year 7 benefit from much-needed support while they transition into secondary education.”

The advantages of Parallel Education

Middle School at Haileybury introduces what we call ‘parallel education’: students are separated into single-gender classrooms for their academic studies and for Sport and Camping programs.

The Parallel Education Model has many advantages, providing the best of both worlds in one school. Although learning in separate classes, boys and girls share the same campus and so socialise and enjoy co-curricular activities together. In addition, we manage interaction through our carefully developed Social Education program that includes a co-curricular Arts program, community and academic extension activities.

An exclusive, engaging curriculum

Throughout their Middle School years, students continue to develop their skills and knowledge in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Thrive, and Physical Education and Wellbeing while beginning to dive deeper into areas that drive their greater interest.

Language study is offered as part of the core Academic program until the end of Year 9: Years 5 and 6 study Chinese, while Years 7 and 8 can select from Chinese, French or, depending on which campus they attend, Japanese.

“Each year, students in Years 5–7 complete a semester of study in Art, Computing and Digital Technologies, Drama and Music.”

Those in Year 8 who pass the Language Aptitude Test may be invited to learn Latin or a second language as an additional language in place of an elective.

Continual reporting and measurement

Student growth is measured and reported on throughout the year using the reporting system, myFeedback.

This platform allows students to receive real-time feedback to help guide and improve their learning when it is needed. It also allow students to review comments and marks on any device at any time.

Personal wellbeing

‘Every student matters every day’ at Haileybury and our approach to this concept is based around a personal development curriculum and pastoral care delivered by staff. Haileybury also has a professional team of School Psychologists who provide counselling services to students who self-refer or who are referred by staff or parents.

Our Middle School Wellbeing curriculum is designed so as to engage students in a safe and supportive learning environment where they can ask questions, have discussions about topics that are relevant to adolescent development, with a central focus on ‘Respectful Relationships’.

Haileybury Startup: a focus on enterprise and tech

As part of our commitment to being entrepreneurial and enterprising, every student in Year 8 completes the Haileybury Startup program.

This carefully developed course is designed to develop work-ready skills such as teamwork, digital literacy, critical thinking and presentation using design thinking. It introduces the Business Model Canvas and ideas from the Lean Start Up movement.

Haileybury is a leader in utilising appropriate technology to support learning outcomes. Middle School students can purchase a device that is completely supported by our Managed Device program.

Outside the classroom

Middle School builds on interests and passions and offers numerous activities to engage and challenge students.

Clubs include Drama, Philosophy, Artworks and Chess and there are organised fairs and competitions for Mathematics, Science, Writing and Spelling.

We have an extensive Music program including string, brass, woodwind and percussion ensembles and there are opportunities for private tuition in many different instruments.

All students participate in intra-school House sport and interschool sport and there is also ‘The Learn to Swim Program’.

From swimming, cricket and tennis to soccer, volleyball, netball and softball, students can develop skills in a variety of team and individual activities.

Find out more about our extensive Co- and Extra-Curricular programs.