Our curriculum is carefully tailored to ensure we meet the needs of our pupils within a small school environment. We treat every child as an individual. We believe that it is important to use different teaching techniques in order to achieve the best for our pupils.
To accomplish this we firmly believe in:
• ensuring our curriculum is diverse, but also places great emphasis on the core areas and developing individual skills
• encouraging personal, social and emotional growth and a deeper awareness for cultural, moral, and spiritual values
• preparing all pupils for the opportunity, responsibilities and experiences of life
• supporting every pupil’s ability to participate and drive their own learning so that they can explore, question and challenge
English and Maths are taught daily, delivered in differentiated sets. Our Junior pupils receive specialist teaching from our Senior school staff: Science, French, Art and Design, Design Technology, Textiles, Food and Nutrition, Drama, Music and PE / Games. In addition to the usual curriculum we also offer brain training games and motor skills sessions.
Children are grouped according to ability rather than age, and the flexibility of this system enables us to teach each child at their appropriate level. In-class support is given by dedicated teaching assistants to those pupils who require it. Children are regularly monitored and assessed in order to make sure they are achieving their full potential.
PE and games are an important part of school life. We have our own on-site playing field. The children participate in a wide range of sport, including rugby, football, netball, cricket, rounders, athletics, basketball and cross country. We also have an outdoor heated swimming pool which is used from April to October (weather permitting). The pupils have regular fixtures against other schools.
We try to ensure that your child feels happy and secure whilst at school. Children’s experience of education at this early stage of their life can affect their attitude to learning for the rest of their time at school. A happy child is more receptive and will achieve far greater success.
Children are also encouraged to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We believe that small, friendly classes ensure that every child is valued and involved. Our pupils are awarded ‘Star of the Week’ for their work, thoughtfulness and good manners. Respect for others is encouraged.
English, Maths, Science, ICT & Assistive Technology, Specialist teaching in ICT and PE, French, Humanities (History & Geography), Community (includes PSHE, Citizenship and Religious Studies), Music, Drama, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Textiles, Food and Nutrition, PE and Games, Golden Time.
Transition from Juniors to Seniors
Being part of a small school our younger pupils are able to build relationships and experience Senior School life whilst still in Junior School. It helps our children make a smooth transition from primary to secondary education without the worries of a new environment and new staff.
The Junior School Day
8.00 School open. Breakfast is available in the school dining room
8.40 All pupils should be in school
8.50 Ready to work exercises
8.55 Lesson 1
9.55 Lesson 2
11.30 Lesson 3
12.10 Lesson 4
1.20 Lunch (Our catering team produce nutritional, home-cooked food. We take into account different dietary requirements, be it for religious or health reasons)
1.55 Lesson 5
2.55 Lesson 6
3.55 Pupils sign out
4.00 Monday – Thursday. Afternoon tea in dining room for those pupils staying for after-school activities and prep.
Friday – School day ends.
5.50 Monday – Thursday. School day ends