We treat our children as individuals, each on their own journey to excellence. For some this means meticulously planned extension to ensure that they are sufficiently challenged and for others this may mean additional practical elements or a simplified task. Wherever children are in their journey, we celebrate their successes, and their progress, as we recognise that improvement is the key to excellence.
Despite being non-selective, our pupils routinely outperform national averages across the curriculum. We believe that this is due to staff expertise, a creative curriculum, exceptional pupil support and the passion that our pupils develop for their learning. Our children have the time and space to find their passions and to work on more than just English and Maths. With this freedom comes a love of learning, and with that love, great success in all areas.
We do not stream or set the children so our staff are skilled in differentiating the work within each class to ensure that every pupil is sufficiently challenged. Where children require additional support, we have a dedicated SENCo who is able to provide one-to-one lessons to target areas of need. Often these lessons are used to introduce concepts ahead of the rest of the class, so that pupils do not feel left behind, but instead fully equipped and able to more readily follow the content of the lesson. This does a great deal to build confidence and assurance.
Each child has an online learning journal, which parents can access daily. This records progress and tracks the children’s targets, enabling parents to be truly involved and informed about their child’s school life. Reporting is regular and meticulous, with attainment against the curriculum expectations reported upon regularly.
The curriculum is broad and the opportunities for excellence in each discipline are endless. Pupils take speaking and listening exams and perform in outstanding annual musical productions. They enter story writing competitions and Maths challenges, participate in a host of extra-curricular trips to extend their knowledge and compete in a multitude of sporting fixtures from cross-country to football and swimming to hockey. Children progress through their musical grades, whether in voice or instrument, under the guidance of their music teachers, and perform in the regular musical concerts. Our pupils are continually striving for excellence, secure in the knowledge that they are supported and that the expectation is always that they will give of their best and that it will be recognised when they do.
As an independent school, we are free to adapt our curriculum as we see fit, so we take the requirements and expectations of the National Curriculum and build upon these and enhance the offering. We always seek to add breadth and extension for all learners. Additionally, we are not required to participate in the formal SATs testing at Year Two and Year Six. Pupils sit our own examinations and traditional Prep school assessments, so that they become accustomed to the discipline required in examinations, but these exams are approached as a natural part of the school year and we acknowledge that they can never tell us as much as our continual teacher assessment of the pupils.
You can view the curriculum plan for each year group here.