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an independent preparatory school for girls 2½-11 & mixed 2½-7 years

Years 3 to 6

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Our curriculum is designed specifically to extend and enrich learning at all levels, and to prepare our pupils for entrance into the top senior schools at age 11.

In order to provide the personal attention that every child deserves, from Year 3 (age 7) classes are split into small groups of around 10 pupils for core academic subjects, each taught by specialist teachers.  This provides teachers with the flexibility to modify lessons to best meet the needs of everyone in the group.  As groups are taught simultaneously, they may come together when this is for the optimum benefit of the pupils, such as for debate and the exchange of ideas.

Classes are kept together for PE, Forest School, drama, music and any other subject where a larger group is an advantage.

Competitive sports, inter-House and inter-school challenges teach the girls the importance of teamwork and how to win and lose.  In addition, external music and drama festivals, art and writing competitions and a broad program of extra-curricular activities encourage them to use every opportunity for in-depth learning.

Our highly qualified Learning Support team works closely with teachers to identify any specific difficulties that may impact on how a child accesses the curriculum and, through advice and one-to-one support, ensures that no one is left behind.

The girls are given increasing levels of responsibility as they move up through the school, allowing us to give each and every one of them a special captaincy in the final year which takes into account their personal strengths and interests.  This helps to build their self-esteem and many confidently take on leadership roles when they move on to their Senior schools.