What is the TOPS programme at Vernon Lodge School? TOPS was introduced a few years ago to help our Year 6 children in the transition from Primary School to Senior School, and to provide them with an understanding of Business and Commerce and Life Skills.
Throughout Year 6, the children are taught to balance their remaining exam studies with a wide range of inter-personal and life skills. This is an ever changing programme, but generally includes an “Apprentice” style module where the children learn how basic models of business work, how to turn an investment into profit, how interest rates, mortgages, and credit systems work.
This also allows for a lot of fun as they develop new products to try out around school, and more importantly sell at the summer garden party where the winning team earn coveted house stars.
With Year 6, comes the lessons of responsibility. Through TOPS, our children are actively encouraged to take on monitoring duties and pastoral care duties. You will often find our Year 6 helping out new children and helping them settle, teaching them about life at Vernon Lodge, and encouraging lasting friendships to be made.
Our Year 6 TOPS children have a large voice in school life, often influencing how things happen. Recently, one Year 6 pupil wanted the school to adopt a more humane way with dealing with the moles which had found a home on the school field. She gathered a group of pupils, they carried out some independent research and found moles detest the smell of Marigolds.
This resulted in an impromptu school trip to the local garden centre with our site manager and finance director to over see the purchasing and planting of the marigolds on the school field.
“Definitely don’t miss out on TOPS!”
Why call it TOPS?
At Vernon Lodge it is an appropriate word meaning – top of the school, the top class, top pupils gaining top scholarships with top results to senior schools, including King Edward’s School, Birmingham; Adams Grammar School, Newport; Stafford Grammar School; Shrewsbury High School for Girls; Thomas Telford School; Wolverhampton Girls’ High School and Wolverhampton Grammar School.