At Year 3 the children transfer to the Senior School where they are gradually introduced to specialist subject teaching. The Senior School too has recently been completely rebuilt. There are ten subject teaching rooms, a new Art and Design room, a Library, two modern Science laboratories, a Music suite and a fully equipped, purpose built computer laboratory.
By Year 5 all the children would be expected to move to and from the various specialist subject classrooms during each teaching day. In this respect the 45-period, weekly timetable resembles that of a secondary school and the children find the changes enjoyable and stimulating. Heads of Subject Departments are in close liaison with the Junior School staff. There is a Head of Junior School, a Head of Middle School, a Director of Sport and a Deputy Head Teacher, all of whom meet with parents regularly and who, at various stages, are involved in the overall development of the boys and girls.
There are three parallel forms in Year 3. Currently, there are four parallel forms in Year 4 and at this stage, the children are formally put into sets for English and Mathematics. Science is taught in modules of Physics, Chemistry and Biology and French becomes more academic although there is still a considerable emphasis on the spoken language. History, Geography, Religious Studies, Spanish, Art/Design, IT and Music are all taught by subject specialists.
Boys and girls are prepared for a wide range of secondary schools both boarding and day, state and independent. The Headmaster is always happy to discuss the range of secondary schools that might be best for your son or daughter and for your family. Where it is appropriate the school might recommend that a child sits for a scholarship which may be academic, musical, artistic or sporting. Gayhurst has a long record of success in these extremely rigorous examinations.