The Primary Department is staffed with qualified and experienced teachers. We offer a balanced and broadly-based curriculum, comparable with any found in top British primary schools. Creating a motivating and safe learning environment is the priority for all primary staff, where everyone is able to experience success, feel valued and have high self esteem. There is a consistently positive approach to maintaining appropriate behaviour. Each class is composed of a group of children of approximately the same age but with mixed backgrounds and abilities. Teachers provide a programme of work appropriate to the needs of each child and small classes allow for close individual attention.
In the Early Years (age 3 to 4), the programme, in accordance with the Foundation Stage outlined in the English National Curriculum, is designed to offer a wide range of learning activities as part of pre-school education but also includes Spanish and Computing. Throughout the Primary Department, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Computing skills are studied and assessed in accordance with the English National Curriculum and beyond. Spanish is taught to children from Early Years. There is support for children for whom English is an additional language. History, Geography, Music, Drama, Art and Design and Physical Education all play an important role for the children in providing the variety and stimulus essential if they are to enjoy and benefit from their learning. From Year 4 French is added to the curriculum.
All children have access to computers with a dedicated Primary computer laboratory, incorporating the latest technology and with all classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and multimedia software. Close liaison with staff in the relevant Secondary departments ensures continuity and a smooth transition from the Primary to the Secondary School.
The progress of the children is assessed using National Curriculum tests. At the end of Key Stage One and Two, our SATs (Standard Attainment Test) results are consistently well above the UK national average, and we are currently looking to extend this to include Cambridge Checkpoint exams at the conclusion of Key Stage 2.