Focusing on the development of each child as an individual underpins everything that we do.
Our teachers enjoy catering for all pupils, ranging from academic high flyers, to those who benefit from a steadier pace. All of our pupils embrace the very high expectations which we maintain in terms of good manners, respect and behaviour in the classroom.
Our teaching is carefully planned to ensure that our pupils are positively engaged in their own learning, that they remain curious and that they enjoy their lessons.
The progress of each child is monitored carefully, using nationally benchmarked tests as well as our own internal assessment systems. Concerns are quickly identified and discussed with parents. Evidence from tests show that all of our year groups are exceeding national age-related expectations, in terms of both attainment levels and progress.
The curriculum is both broad and balanced, with an extensive programme of educational trips bringing learning to life. We exploit links between subjects to create a cross-curricular and creative approach which makes the learning more engaging and enjoyable for the pupils.
All pupils study French throughout their time in the Prep School. In Years 7 and 8, they also study Latin, German and Spanish, enabling them to make informed choices for Year 9. The Year 7 and 8 programme is supported by language teachers from the Senior School to ensure that pupils are well positioned to achieve highly at GCSE.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 (not younger) have normal lessons (e.g. Maths, English) on Saturday mornings until 12.35pm, which allows for an increased range of subjects for pupils of this age, without the loss of curriculum time in other areas, and prepares pupils well for life in Year 9. It is not every Saturday morning and, for example, a typical 10 week Spring term has 6 Saturday mornings of lessons. We rarely have matches for Prep School pupils on Saturday afternoon, since our matchday in the Prep School is Wednesday. This means that pupils can rest and enjoy their family and any interests outside of school.