The curriculum includes the teaching of the following academic subjects; the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and French and further subjects of History, Geography and Religious Studies, Design Technology and PSHEE. Sport and the Creative Arts of Music, Art and Drama are also a vital part of the timetable for all children. In addition, from Year 5 the children have the option to learn Latin or Spanish.
In Years 1 to 4 children are taught for most subjects by their Form Tutors and teaching builds significantly on the requirements of the National Curriculum with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy. French, Physical Education, Art, Design Technology, Music and IT are taught by subject specialists and outdoor learning is fostered through regular sessions in the Forest School.
Pupils throughout the school demonstrate excellent literacy and numeracy skills because of the strong focus on these areas and the careful monitoring of individual progress
From Year 5 and into the seniors, subjects are usually taught by the subject specialists. In Year 5, specialist subject teaching is introduced across the curriculum and at this stage children choose either Latin or Spanish as a second language. Year 6 makes the transition to the senior years and the start of the Common Entrance curriculum that focuses on the subjects Maths, English, Science, French, History, Geography and Religious Studies. Lessons, however, continue to include Sport, PSHEE and the Creative Arts to complement the expected academic subjects.
Assessment and reporting
A rigorous system of academic tracking operates through the school with internal standardised tests in Reasoning, Maths, Reading and Spelling in addition to school exams and teacher assessment, all designed to give a clear picture of each child’s progress. Parents are kept well informed through Effort Grades and Parent Teacher 'Progress' Meetings, each term and a full school report issued at the end of the Summer term.