Three academically balanced forms enter the school at 7+. The forms are mixed at the end of Year 4 to encourage new working relationships and friendships.
Boys in the Lower School, the first two years of the Junior School, are taught mainly by their Form Tutor with specialist teachers delivering Languages, PE, Games, Music and Art / DT. As the boys progress into the Upper School (Year 5 and Year 6) subject specialists take an increasing number of subjects, including the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.
English, Mathematics and Science are the core subjects followed throughout the four years. This core is supplemented by Art, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music, Performing Arts, Personal, Social and Health Education and Religious Education. This provides a broad and balanced curriculum.
Individual classes have one double period of Physical Education a week taught by members of the PE department. In addition to this, each year group has a designated Games afternoon delivered by both PE teachers and the Junior School games staff.
During the four year period in the Junior School, the pursuit of oracy, literacy and numeracy remains the priority, but not to the exclusion of the creative and less formal approaches to all subjects.
Junior School boys are given three opportunities to gain a Senior School place. The majority of Year 5 boys receive a guarantee of a Senior School place by Easter based upon standardised data and classroom performance. A further group receive their guaranteed place following success in the end of year exams.
It is possible that some Junior School boys may be required to secure their Senior School place through success in the Senior Entrance Exam in November (Year 6). However, all boys will sit the entrance exam. Outstanding candidates are called for a scholarship assessment day. Based on performance, academic scholarships may be awarded.
Whilst we ensure that our boys receive a broad and engaging curriculum, we provide all the support and preparation our pupils need to help them achieve their potential in their Warwick School entrance exams.
The Curriculum Support department works with boys who are identified as needing additional help, usually with literacy and numeracy skills, to meet their learning potential. Some are boys whose learning difficulties have been identified by an Educational Psychologist; others have been identified as a concern by a member of staff and/or parents. Support plans are drawn up for the boys concerned, indicating the targets to be worked on and strategies for use in the classroom. These are available to all staff via the school’s Intranet. Boys are withdrawn from another aspect of the curriculum, but never English, Mathematics, Science, Games or PE. The provision is reviewed on a regular basis with many pupils only requiring a short period of intervention. An additional charge is made for all those requiring curriculum support.