The Junior School Curriculum is wide ranging and well balanced.
We aim to give pupils opportunities to realise their potential and become life-long learners, able to contribute positively to tomorrow’s world. We lay foundations for them to develop into interesting, confident adults, keen to learn and able to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.
A broad curriculum runs throughout the school using a weekly timetable structured to provide a healthy balance of academic subjects, music, drama, art and sports. The curriculum is brought to life in stimulating lessons from inspirational teachers, who make learning exciting and enjoyable whilst teaching the girls to question and take on responsibility for themselves and others. Combined with excellent facilities, our pupils have all they need to become interested learners, encouraged to think independently, express their thoughts and opinions confidently and make excellent progress in all subjects.
A corner stone of the Junior School curriculum going forwards are special ‘Theme Days’. The inaugural event, ‘Environmental Day’ took place in the Summer Term and will be followed by ‘Curiosity Day’ this coming Autumn. There will be six theme days a year, one running each half term. All Junior School pupils from Early Years to Year 6 participate in the fun and thought provoking workshops and projects and the theme then acts as a building block for further discussion and development over the course of the half term.
Our specialist facilities include a Science Laboratory, Design Technology, Art and Cookery Rooms, a well-stocked Library and dedicated Music Centre, all at the scale to be enjoyed by Junior School aged children. Our modern and well-equipped Science Laboratory enables girls to carry out practical experiments as they learn to solve questions through testing, predicting, collating results and drawing conclusions. Skills in computing are developed in the up-to-date ICT Suite, as well as on tablets and laptops used in classrooms across a wide variety of lessons.
Learning outside the classroom plays a pivotal role in further enrichment, be it within our own grounds or visits in the local area and beyond. Class trips to museums, galleries, castles, coastlines and residential venues are regular events in the school calendar as are workshops run in school by outside speakers.
We divide our Junior School into two parts; our Pre-Preparatory (Pre- Prep) Department includes our Early Years provision (for girls aged 2 ½ – 5) and Years 1 and 2 (age 5 – 7). Our Prep Department includes girls from Years 3 to 6 (age 7 – 11).