The Junior School is for children from four to seven years of age. It has benefited from two recent building projects and now has modern, well-equipped classrooms, individual tuition rooms, IT resource and activity rooms, a Junior library, all-weather playground and an adventure playground. The children arrive in Reception at rising-five as part of three non-selective parallel classes.
Class sizes are small and we believe this to be a pre-requisite of successful education. The Reception groups have approximately 16 children. Classroom assistants help with all the year groups but particularly with the youngest children. Entry into the Reception classes is by registration. There are no interview procedures at this young age. The parents of children registered for entry into Reception are contacted approximately eleven months before to confirm their acceptance of a place. A deposit is required at this stage. Entry higher up the school would normally include some test procedures together with a request for references in the Autumn term. However, tests for children whose families are relocating to the area take place throughout the year. Children in the Junior School are taught most of their subjects by their form teacher although specialist staff teach them for Music, PE and Games.
The concentration is on English: reading, writing and speaking; Mathematics: number work and times tables; investigative Science and projects. Every encouragement is given to help the children read fluently and in the Early Years, structured class teaching is combined with creative play. There is a central library and each form has its own selection of literature suitable for their ages for the children to explore. Geography, History and Religious Studies are all taught to broaden the children’s awareness and understanding, helping them to appreciate the complexities of human nature and the environment in which we live. Art and Design, Drama and Music form an extension to the core subjects as well as introducing children to specialist skills in their own right. There are performances of Music and Drama regularly. Many children learn to play musical instruments on an individual basis and are encouraged to do so from Year 2. Computers are a valuable learning tool and all the children from Reception onwards are taught IT skills. The whole school site is networked and each child has their own individual work station. Sport is an integral part of the curriculum and from Year 2 there is a wide variety of after school activities that are open to any boy or girl.
The Junior School is a happy, busy environment where we encourage boys and girls to develop their strengths. We build their confidence and celebrate their every achievement.