Junior School

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
8.45 Registration
8.50 Ready to work exercises
8.55 Lesson 1
9.55 Lesson 2
11.10 Break
11.30 Lesson 3
12.10 Lesson 4
12.50 Break
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)
1.50 Registration
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

Year 7 ‘s Marvellous Theatre Trip

On Wednesday, 16th November Year 7 went by minibus into Manchester to see the production of George’s Marvellous Medicine at the Opera House. Maleehah, Year 10, helped us to organise the trip as part of her Asdan course and accompanied us, she was a fantastic assistant.

The Year 7’s are all very familiar with this very funny Roald Dahl story, having read it themselves at home or, this term, in their English class. It was so exciting to see the story unfold right in front of their eyes.

The pupils really loved the production, as these reviews show-
“It was fantastic”. Ruby
“It was very funny “. Sabrina
“It was magical”. Sydney
“The theatre was beautiful “. Sean
“The special effects were marvellous. The theatre was jam packed – everybody clapped and cheered “. Year 7

The pupils behaved impeccably and were a credit to Ramilles Hall Thanks to Mrs Mirams for supporting us and to Mr Morais who negotiated short cuts around the terrible roadworks on Oxford Road, ensuring that we made it to the theatre just in time! All the staff agreed that it was a very enriching experience for our pupils – a really marvellous afternoon!

ERIC (A new name at RHS !)

We are very excited to launch a new initiative throughout the school – ERIC – Everybody Reading In Class.

Senior pupils are familiar with this mnemonic as, in their English lessons, they are all encouraged to read – to the teacher, TA or independently in ERIC time . We record their progress and keep a note in the library of the books they have read, awarding the stars in our assemblies.

This year, following the huge efforts made by all the pupils, the awards will be bronze-5 books, silver -10 books and gold -20 books . We will be awarding a number of bronze awards this week in assembly to the pupils who have read 5 books since September. This is a huge achievement for our pupils, many of whom are dyslexic .

To further encourage our pupils’ love of reading , we are introducing ERIC into our form periods. Our pupils will spend 15 minutes or so of the form period reading with their teacher , a TA , with each other or independently. We will encourage them to read a variety of texts – newspapers, magazines, news websites and/or their chosen reading book. To record this reading a very special stamp will appear in the planners – our ERIC logo, designed by year 7 pupil Ruby Citrine . Ruby’s little bookworm was chosen by Miss Patterson in our ERIC competition and will be our ERIC logo for many years to come.

Mrs Grant and Mrs Archer ( English department )
Mr Buckingham ( Art department )

Army Day

On Wednesday 21st September Years 10 and 11 took part in an Army Activity Day. They started off with a mile and a half run just to warm up. All the pupils should feel proud of themselves and what they achieved.

While one group were sampling the delights of Army rations, another group were attempting to cross a ‘river’ using just 2 planks and a lot of teamwork.

The pupils were given the opportunity to apply camouflage paint to their faces and were taught how to patrol and were able to use imitation rifles which they all enjoyed immensely. Some of the pupils ably demonstrated their leadership skills which was encouraging to see.

There were several other activities with which the children engaged in, for example; the Tower of Hanoi, memory/maths challenge, cross the minefield and the burden run.

In the afternoon, the pupils were able to enjoy a game of football and a penalty shootout, there were some amazing goals scored and two pupils deserve a particular mention, one was Sandy who with great skill managed to distract the goalie and score, the other was Wadi, who managed to slip the ball in the net and took the goalie, Harry by surprise.

All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed their activity day and Year 10 can’t wait to repeat it next year.

Many thanks to the Army for providing a fantastic day.

Adam Walker Visits Ramillies

Despite the rain Sports Day wasn’t a wash out after all thanks to our special guest Adam Walker. Adam came to school to give an incredible talk on his life and how he became inspired to achieve the most remarkable feat.

Adam, a salesman for Russell Hobbs, decided firstly to challenge himself to swim The English Channel. After reaching that goal he set about achieving what is seemingly an impossible task. To swim all seven oceans. The Seven Oceans Challenge saw him travel the world and swim in freezing temperatures, treacherous currents and deadly marine life including sharks and a Portuguese men o’ war who gave him a present he will never forget.

His story had staff and pupils alike engrossed and made us all feel like anything is possible. As Adam says “NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, SUCCEED.”

The school would like to thank Adam for giving up his time and giving us the most inspirational presentation that I’m sure any of us have ever heard.


On Friday, 17th June, just after the final exam for most of the pupils, Year 11 enjoyed a celebration lunch at Gusto’s with some of the staff. We all sat at a large table together and ate pizzas, pasta, salads etc and exchanged a few stories about some of the memories of Ramillies which will be hard to forget. Most of these were news to the staff!

Mrs Grant, on behalf of all the staff, wished the pupils every success for the future and said how much she had enjoyed being Year 11 Tutor, especially as they had done so well in helping to raise money for charity and showing concern for the younger pupils. They have been good role models, following the lead of Head Pupil, Oliver Deay.

Well done to all our Year 11. We wish you every success and happiness as you leave Ramillies Hall.