We offer a breath and depth of subjects not normally associated with primary education:
In Years 1 and 2, the children continue to receive a broad and inspiring programme based upon the National Curriculum. We ensure that the basics of Literacy (reading, writing, spelling) and Numeracy are in place as well as teaching Science, History, Geography, ICT, PE, Music, Drama, RE, PCHE, Art and Design Technology. The children also attend weekly swimming lessons. We use our beautiful and extensive school grounds as much as possible to promote learning outdoors and children also participate in a range of trips to support their learning. ICT is also used to support all curriculum areas. We use the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme to develop the children's personal development and this forms the basis of our teaching in class tutor time at the beginning of the day and underpins our assemblies.
On transfer from Gems+ and other schools the curriculum enables pupils to experience a sense of fun and enjoyment in their learning, while covering a broad range of subjects and experiences to encourage independent learners. Specialist teachers are used in French, Spanish, Music, ICT, Science, PE, Art , DT and Food and Nutrition, using specialist facilities in the Delft kitchen, large sports hall, Primary Science Lab, ICT suite, Art and D&T studios, Music rooms including a well stocked modern library. Drama and music feature strongly throughout the school year with regular concerts and an annual musical. The small class sizes enable personalised learning for each child and children achieve significantly above the national average for their age. We have a strong partnership with parents in order to promote the highest possible standards, both in and out of school. Day and residential trips extend the children’s learning and experiences outside the classroom. There are beautiful and extensive school grounds used for outdoor learning and an adventure playground in the orchard play area.
There is a broad and varied programme of extra-curricular activities on offer such as football, hockey, art, tennis, golf, Judo, music, Biomimetics, ICT, tap, modern dance, ballet and horse riding.
Opportunities are provided for personal, emotional, moral and social development. With a strong emphasis on pastoral care in small class sizes, where the individual is well cared for and can flourish with greater confidence. We use an exercise programme called ‘INPP’ each day to enhance physical and cognitive development. There is a house system where all Primary and Senior children belong to one of four houses, Wynstow, Buckfield, Loddon and Lydney. The school council, young leaders and peer tutoring contribute to a concern for each other and provide opportunities to develop leadership potential. Pupils are courteous and responsible young people.
Close links with and opportunities for learning are encouraged with the senior students enabling a smooth transition into the Senior school, using internal assessments without the pressure of formal entrance exams.