The standard class size is usually 20 (with a maximum of 23) and we are co-educational throughout the school. Kindergarten (also known as Early Years Foundation Stage) to Year 2 each have two such classes, in which the children are taught predominantly by their Form Teacher, assisted throughout by a Classroom Assistant, with Music, Drama, French and PE taught by subject specialists.
At the First Form (Year 3) stage, there is an intake of up to 16 more children and three classes are formed by combining the existing children with the new intake. The First Form (Years 3) classes are taught by their Class Teacher for the core subjects and a degree of classroom assistance continues. Subject specialist teaching is provided in varying degrees according to the particular interests and talents of the Class Teacher. Music, Art, Drama, ICT, DT, Science and PE may be provided by specialists as required.
In the Second Form, the timetabling of Maths allows for extension and enrichment groups to be formed on a flexible basis according to the children’s needs. STEM sessions (delivered at Senior House) integrate Science, DT and ICT content allowing the children to explore a range of inter-disciplinary projects.
The pupils move to the Senior House site in the Third Form (NC Year 5), remaining within their previous class groupings. Setting takes place in both Maths and English, enrichment groups are offered as appropriate and Latin is introduced. At Senior House, a Tutor system operates, whereby a team of tutors, with a Pastoral Head of Year, is responsible for the pastoral care of the children. Each tutor usually has no more than 10 pupils in his or her care.
From the Fourth Form (NC Year 6), all subjects are specialist taught. Setting continues in Maths and English and is introduced in French. A ‘My Mind’ programme is taught from Second to Sixth Form (NC Year 4 – 8), combining Philosophy, Mindfulness, Study Skills and Critical Thinking.
For the final two years, setting is introduced in all examined subjects. Drama, Art, DT, Music, PSHEE and PE all retain their specialist taught status and timetabled status in a School which is committed to a broad and fulfilling curriculum.