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Junior School Curriculum

Our aim has been to create an academically strong and innovative curriculum. Underpinning our thinking has been the determination to provide an environment overflowing with opportunity so that our Junior School girls:

  • develop into responsible and tolerant young people with respect for others
  • are encouraged to become articulate, confident and intellectually curious, creative and adaptable whilst being at the same time, disciplined 
  • develop skills and acquire knowledge and understanding in a wide and well balanced variety of curricular and co-curricular areas
  • are physically and emotionally healthy and informed citizens of our world
  • above all, develop the ability to think!

Through the Junior School curriculum, the girls are inspired and challenged in order that they develop a love of learning, a sense of enquiry and are able to take responsibility for their own academic development. The girls learn in a positive atmosphere of nurture and support - it is essential that they have a great deal of fun whilst learning.

The National Curriculum is the basis for our curriculum, but we work well beyond its requirements and enrich it with opportunities for the pupils to develop their individual talents. Ultimately fostering academic excellence whilst ensuring a broad balanced learning experience for all.

Girls follow a broad curriculum including:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • PE
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Technology.

Most of the lessons are taught by the Form Teacher, although in Years Four to Six, Maths may be taught by another Form Teacher from within the year group. The girls in the Junior School benefit greatly from being taught French, Spanish, Dance, Music, Drama and Physical Education by staff from the relevant Senior School departments.

Science lessons are taught in the well equipped laboratory and strongly feature practical and investigative work. The Art Room is a light and airy space for the creation of a variety of 2D and 3D works of art. All learning is supported by our two Libraries and the ICT suite and mobile technology.

In all year groups, the work in the curriculum is extended through a variety of teaching and learning experiences. Specialist visitors come into the school and related visits take place throughout the year to museums or places of scientific or historic interest. All girls have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip in each year group.

By the time the girls are in Year Six, they are being prepared for their transition to the Senior School. As well as having the opportunity of being taught in the Science laboratories and Technology rooms in the Senior School, they encounter more subject specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles.

At the beginning of the school year, there are curriculum and information evenings for parents to learn about our approach to particular subject areas and how they can best support their daughter at home. We firmly believe that girls do best when parents and school are working in partnership.