For pupils aged 7 to 13, studying in National Curriculum Years 4-8
Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11 / year groups 3-6)
Key Stage 2 consists of five mixed ability classes, one for Year 3 and 4, one Year 5 class, and two Year 6 classes. There is a strong sense of community as members of a form, a year group, and as members of our Lower School. We take pride in the achievements of all our children and encourage a positive attitude towards work, and reward effort, achievement and behaviour accordingly.
The classrooms are situated on the first floor of the Lower School building. Alongside spacious and well equipped classrooms the children have access to a dedicated ICT room. [This is added to by a suite of laptops, which enable easy access to our online accelerated reading programme that is used with every class to promote higher level reading skills.]
The children are largely taught by their own form teacher, who is also responsible for their pastoral care. They follow a wide and varied curriculum with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Mathematics. They are taught French, music, art, P.E and sport by specialist teachers.
There are opportunities for the children to extend their musical ability through participation in an orchestra, and choir, alongside individual extra tuition for those who wish it, specifically focusing on their age group. Games are considered important and opportunities for participation in teams are extensive. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities, which include a swimming squad, shooting, dance and drama group.
Academic progress follows the national curriculum as a route map, although it is modified and extended appropriately. There are teaching assistants utilised in our youngest classes and this enables group setting, which allows us to more readily meet the needs of the individual learner.
The children are prepared for SATs at the end of Year 6, which act as a useful assessment tool as well as aiding their transition to Year 7.
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-13 / year groups 7-8)
As the pupils move into Year 7 they change form tutor and move from the Key Stage Two first floor and onto the ground floor of Lower School for most of their lessons. Teaching is all undertaken by subject specialists through Year 7 and 8 and their form tutor provides their pastoral care and monitors their progress. We seek to build good relationships between parents and tutors so they will be the parent's first port of call if they have a query on any issue. The curriculum continues to include English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RS, Art, ICT, Music, PE and Games but new subjects enter the Year 7 and 8 curriculum: Spanish, Latin and Design Technology.
Effort and attainment grades, known as period grades, are sent home twice a term and reflect progress in current topics. We report to parents every term, either via a parents' meeting or a written report. Regular assessment and clear communication of results ensure that progress is closely monitored and appropriate targets set.