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 curriculum.

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 and spellings.

Pupils’ progress is closely monitored and parents are kept fully informed through written reports and Parents’ Evenings.

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.

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