We aim to deliver a curriculum that is as broad as possible, without sacrificing high standards of achievement. Our average class sizes is 10-12 pupils, with a maximum of 16. Most pupils work in their relevant age group and the placement of children into forms is usually done early in the summer term and can be adjusted as we learn more about individual needs.
We constantly review our curriculum and the way we deliver it and are open to new ideas, ready to encourage change that will bring extra educational benefit to the children here.
Children of all ages study English, Maths, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Art, Drama, Design and Technology, Information Technology and Physical Education; children start Latin at nine years of age.
Recently we have developed a Science Technology, Engineering and Design curriculum to reinforce theoretical learning in Maths and Science with practical application and experience in our workshop; we have also greatly increased our provision for outdoor education.
More teaching time
In order to deliver the breadth of education we believe is necessary to prepare children for senior schools, we deliver an unusually high 29.5 hour week of teaching in years 5-8. Set against this, we have no prep or homework. Work that would have been deemed as prep or homework is completed in the extra time available in lessons.
The additional teaching time created through this more flexible approach has advantages in terms of maintaining breadth of study. Older children are able to continue with non-examined subjects such as Art, Design Manufacture, PE and IT, but not at the expense of other subjects. Latin is taught to a high standard and there is time in the curriculum for a second modern language.