The Junior School, for girls aged 4 to 10 years,
has an individuality of its own whilst being an integral part
of the School. All the usual activities taught at Primary level
are covered by the Junior Curriculum.
In most areas, our syllabus follows the National
Curriculum but we extend our provision further, wherever possible.
The curriculum is planned in liaison with the Senior School to
ensure a co-ordinated approach and smooth progression throughout
a child’s education. It is broadly based and designed to
ensure that each girl develops at her own pace. Strong emphasis
is placed on language and number work, but this is balanced with
creative, physical and practical pursuits. French is taught throughout
the Junior School and from the age of 5, girls have ICT lessons
using laptops and an inter active whiteboard.
In the Junior School,
the children are taught in small groups in a stimulating,
supportive and caring atmosphere. Teaching is mainly form
based but specialist teachers make an increasing contribution
to the teaching of Junior 3 and Junior 4, thus ensuring
that girls are thoroughly prepared for our Senior School
Entrance Examinations, as well as enjoying a balanced teaching
programme. Girls are also able to use many of the Senior
School facilities including the ICT suites, science laboratories
and art room.
Music plays an important part in the Junior
School life and in addition to the excellent class lessons, there
are other opportunities for girls to pursue their interests. Recorder
tuition is given during lessons and other instrumental lessons
are available from visiting staff. There are Infant and Junior
Choirs as well as Recorder groups and a Junior Orchestra, all
of which perform at concerts and productions throughout the year.
Emphasis is also placed
on physical activities with girls being prepared for national
awards in PE, gymnastics and swimming. A Junior Swimming
Gala and a Junior Sports Day are held annually.
Junior girls are encouraged
to take a full part in the life of the School, both through
clubs, House events and charitable activities. A variety
of trips is organised each year for Juniors and Junior 4
girls are taken on a residential trip in their final term.
Juniors follow a PSHE course and also have enrichment
sessions which aim to introduce topics of interest outside the
Formal homework is introduced at the age of
7 (Junior 1), although we expect the younger girls to set aside
a regular time each evening for some reading and learning of tables
Pupils’ progress is closely monitored
and parents are kept fully informed through written reports and
Good work and behaviour are recognised and encouraged
through our Commendation and Merit systems which reward achievement
in all areas both in and out of the classroom.
The day-to-day routine in this area of the School
is the responsibility of the Head of the Junior Department who
is available to see parents at the beginning and end of each School
day and at other times, by appointment.