A system matched to the developmental needs of children, fit for the 21st Century.

Middle schools systems avoid the problems associated with transfer at age 11, when children are at their most vulnerable through changes associated with puberty, and offer schools organised around the developmental needs of the children they serve.


Upper Schools within three tier systems, for example, are institutions with a more adult climate and ethos, one appropriate to the delivery of the 14 to 19 curriculum. First schools can create the nurturing environment appropriate to the needs of young children, while middle schools are able to offer wider opportunities to pupils from the age of eight or nine with a degree of more specialist teaching and access to specialist teaching spaces.

Latest additions to website: January 2016

KS3 Benchmarking Data - July 2015

Benchmarking data for over 4,500 pupils in their final year at middle school in July 2015.

See the Middle School Research page for a summary version enabling schools to produce comparative charts by entering their own school data. A full version of the spreadsheet is available to contributing schools containing all the school level data - apply to the Executive Officer.

Partnership with GL Assessment

The National Middle Schools Forum is pleased to announce a new partnership with GL Assessment. Full details of suggested packages for benchmarking and tracking progress are available on the current newsletter page of this website.

Latest Middle School News :

Middle Schools directory 2015

Middle School Matters Booklet - Launched at conference 2014

  A booklet for parents explaining middle schools and setting the national context for our schools.
  The booklet is available to download in two versions

  - Low resolution - suitable for parents to download from your website and view on screen - download

  - High resolution - printers proof - suitable for high quality printing - download

Guidance for Inspection of Middle Schools

The guidance on the inspection of middle schools is now contained in paragraph 185 of the New Inspection Handbook published in June 2015 available on the Oftsed website.


The previous guidance for the inspection of middle schools is available here - download

New Middle School Directory 2015

New - a spreadsheet - all middle schools for 2015/16 with links to Ofsted and DfE pages for each school - download

Cancelled - Day Conference 2016 for aspiring middle school leaders

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Day Conference planned for Friday 10th June 2016 at Broadway House, London. 


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