We hope that our website will help to give an overview of our school. However, here are some answers to questions that are frequently asked. If you have any further queries, please contact Mrs Cox (01277 623070) who will be happy to help.
“How many children do you have in each class?”
We have two classes in each year group with approximately forty pupils in a year. We take pupils aged between 2 and 16 years.
“How do you make sure that every child makes progress?”
Our pupils are taught in small classes enabling teachers to personalise the learning to suit children’s individual needs.
In Juniors we reduce the class sizes further still for Maths and English with the support of additional teaching staff. In the Senior School, pupils are set for Maths and English, Science and Languages and again, extra teachers ensure that group sizes remain small.
We assess children on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are making progress. This may be in the form of our Cognitive Ability Tests, which help us to track the value added progress of each pupil. We are very proud of our value added scores.
“Do the children have specialist teachers in the Kindergarten and Juniors?”
Yes, our children benefit greatly from lessons with specialist teachers providing an education that is rich and varied. During their time in Kindergarten, children have weekly Music, IT, PE, Games and DT lessons. French lessons are introduced in Upper Kindergarten (Year 2). The Junior children also benefit from lessons with other specialist teachers including Art, Music, IT, PE, Games and DT.
“Can I speak to my child’s teacher or the Head teacher?”
Yes of course. We operate an ‘open door policy’ and as such, will always do our utmost to speak with you at a mutually convenient time. Please feel free to email the relevant teacher or to contact the school office. It is helpful if you can give a brief outline of what you would like to discuss as the teacher can have any relevant documentation or facts to hand. Someone is always available to share your concerns and answer your queries.
“What types of extra curricular activities do you offer?”
We are pleased to offer a wide range of extra curricular activities for our pupils.
Our sporting clubs are very popular and include Multiskills and Dance for Kindergarten, as well as karate, trampolining, football, rugby, netball, badminton and cricket for Juniors and Seniors.
Our year 6, 7 and 8 pupils also enjoy bowling, self defense, cookery, rock school, and dry slope skiing as part of our Friday afternoon activities programme.
In addition to the many sporting activities, there are also a variety of musical and drama clubs including ensembles and choirs as well as the school orchestra. We also offer individual instrumental lessons and singing coaching.
Each year, pupils have the opportunity to take part in a school production, which is always a highlight of the school year. We also prepare pupils for Poetry Speaking Awards and the LAMDA examinations.
We also offer gardening, needlecraft, art and film clubs. From year 9 onwards, pupils can sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which comprises of volunteering, skill, physical and expedition sections.
“Do you prepare children for the 11 plus?”
Yes we do. From Form 1 (Year 3) onwards, pupils have a weekly verbal reasoning lesson which helps to develop thinking skills. In Lower 2 (Year 4), parents are invited to a meeting where the eleven plus selection process if explained. Parents who wish for their child to take the eleven plus tests can sign their child up for eleven plus club which helps pupils to develop the skills required for the tests.
“What subjects can my child study at GCSE?”
We offer a wide range of subjects at GCSE. These may include: English, English Literature, Maths, Statistics, Double Science, Triple Science, Art, Drama, French, Spanish, Geography, History, Music, PE, Sociology and Computing.
Every year, we base the option groups on the wishes of our pupils. This way, we do our very best to ensure that every pupils can study their first choice of subjects.