In the Junior School, we inspire a love of learning and instil self-confidence. We ensure that each girl is developed and stretched in an atmosphere in which they feel safe, valued and respected. If they are happy, they can be academically challenged. Every girl has the opportunity to discover new talents and develop friendships and relationships, which will enable them to grow in confidence as they move through to the Senior School.
In the Junior School, we have a team of outstanding teachers who encourage and extend the girls in all aspects of their education and development. Every class has a form teacher who provides the key link between the home and school. Girls are assessed and tracked half-termly to ensure they are making excellent progress.
This strong culture of assessment and feedback includes target setting. This helps girls understand their own learning styles and the measures they need to take to improve. We are ambitious for the girls and, in turn, they rise to the challenge.
Our rich curriculum provides extensive opportunities for children to develop their individual talents, genuine appetite for learning and for school life. Educational visits, workshops and curriculum focused weeks such as, Science Week, Book Week, Maths Week and Healthy Schools Week enhance the girls’ learning experience. The older girls enjoy a variety of residential trips including, a Year 6 French Trip, team building trips and ski-trips.
Thanks to our extensive grounds, we can offer an unusually broad extra-curricular programme. The grounds act as an outdoor classroom. Our Prayer Garden, as well as on-site netball, hockey, athletics and tennis facilities on our full-size astro-turf pitch, all provide for meaningful and enjoyable outdoor activities. As an all-through school, girls have unique access to engage with and participate in sports, music and drama activities with senior girls. These activities also run in parallel with a diverse programme of workshops by visiting subject specialists, speakers, musicians, actors, scientists and facilitators. We inspire the girls to step up.
School lunches are prepared and freshly cooked on the premises and offer a range of meals including, a vegetarian option, salads, sandwiches, as well as desserts and fresh fruit. Lunch is eaten in one of the two school refectories. In addition, there is a Breakfast Club serving breakfast from 8 am and an Ofsted registered After-School Club offering extended care for children until 6 pm.
The Clock House is currently home for Lower I and Upper I, whilst the Upper Key Stage II classes (Lower II and Upper II) are housed on the ground floor of the main school building. As girls progress into the Upper Juniors, some of the curriculum continues to be taught by the form teacher, but an increasing number of subjects are taught by specialist teachers. The children have use of the ICT suite, the Music and Drama room and Science lessons are held in both the classroom and the laboratories of the Science Block. Children entertain parents and showcase their talents in Concerts and Drama productions and there are regular visits to theatres, museums and art galleries.
A close partnership is fostered with parents through regular communication. In addition to Parents’ Evenings and Information Evenings, reports are sent home twice a year. Parents are welcome to make individual appointments with any member of staff to discuss their daughter’s progress.
Girls in Lower I, Upper I and Lower II have swimming lessons at a local swimming pool and our swimming squad (coached by an Olympian athlete) competes regularly against other schools.