During their academic studies the children are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum centred on the National Curriculum. Priority is given to the core subjects of mathematics, English and science. The foundation subjects including history, geography, design technology, ICT, art, music, physical and religious education are also studied. The modern foreign languages studied are French and Spanish.
The Early Years Foundation Stage leads into Key Stage 1 which remains largely class taught. We have a dedicated Key Stage 1 computer suite, and have developed the outdoors area with resources to offer challenges that stimulate and develop children’s academic, creative, thinking and physical skills. The children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 also enhance their learning through the use of 'Forest School'.
In Middle and Senior School there is a gradual transition from class based learning to the more specific subject specialisation necessary to prepare pupils for scholarships and entrance to senior independent and maintained schools. In the core subjects of English and maths pupils are set according to ability and are regularly assessed so that their academic and personal achievements and needs can be identified.
Individual learning needs are supported by the Learning Support Department, where staff liaise closely with class teachers and parents to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to succeed.
Throughout the school parents are very much involved, and are encouraged to take part in and support as many school activities as possible. There are regular evenings set aside for parents to discuss pupils' progress with members of staff, and there are plenty of occasions for discussing academic and social development informally when visiting the school. At the start of each year we welcome parents to attend a presentation which outlines the curriculum for the forthcoming year.