The curriculum is designed to give a balanced education of the highest quality with both breadth and depth of experience. We acknowledge as our baseline the provision of the National Curriculum and then seek, through a variety of teaching strategies, to maximize the academic, emotional, social, cultural, spiritual and physical development of each child. Generous staffing ratios permit the flexibility to teach children either in whole classes or, often, in half groups.
As you would expect, the curriculum consists of the core curriculum subjects English, mathematics and science and the foundation subjects of art, design and technology, information and communication technology (ICT), French, religious education, music, drama, personal social and health education (PSHE), the humanities and physical education.
These subject areas cover the range of knowledge, skills and understanding generally accepted as necessary for a broad and balanced curriculum
Educational and cultural visits are arranged frequently to add depth and first-hand experience to classroom learning and we welcome speakers on a range of subjects into the school. Girls in their final two years take part in residential field-study trips when they combine the experience of studying in a different environment with that of living together for one week.
We are a non-selective school and value all children as individuals. Children, for any number of reasons, may have need of extra support in the short or long term and therefore we have a specialist learning support teacher who is also the special educational needs coordinator. She gives additional help, on an individual basis and in groups, to those children who benefit from it. Where necessary individual education plans are drawn up and carefully tailored to individual needs.
We feel that children are able to accept a degree of responsibility for their own learning, and the discipline of simple time management. They are encouraged to read regularly and widely in their free time. In the pre-prep department pupils have reading books to share at home. Y1 children take home spellings to learn, and Y2 children also take home mathematics activities.
Homework is regularly set for children in the preparatory department. The amount set increases gradually as the children mature but it is not intended that homework should prevent them from pursuing other interests outside school or, indeed, enjoying family life.