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.
Lower School (Years 3 and 4)
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.
Pupils are taught mainly by their Form Tutor with specialist teachers delivering Languages, PE, Games, Music and Art / DT.
Upper School (Year 5 and 6)
As the pupils progress into the Upper School subject specialists take an increasing number of subjects, including the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.
The Curriculum Support department works with pupils who are identified as needing additional help, usually with literacy and numeracy skills, to meet their learning potential. Some are pupils 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 pupils 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. Pupils are withdrawn from another aspect of the curriculum, but never English, Mathematics, Science, Games or PE.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.