Everything you need to know for 4+
How many places are available for entry to Reception?
There are two classes in the Reception Year with up to 24 girls in each class.
Why choose this school?
Everyone matters. Everyone, both staff and pupils, know each other by name. Caring for others is a priority and our friendly, nurturing environment ensures that girls work and play here, confident in the knowledge that they are an important part of a special community.
How are the classes arranged?
Girls are taught in classes of a maximum of 24 and the form teacher takes the class for most of the lessons. In the first three years, teachers are supported by several teaching assistants.
Do you have any specialist teaching in the Junior School?
Every class is taught PE, Music and Drama by specialist teachers. Once the girls reach Year 3 they are also taught French, Spanish, ICT and Design Technology by specialist teachers.
How much homework is set?
We like to encourage good habits from an early age; the homework routine is one. From the start girls are used to taking reading activities, including spellings, home to complete. The work increases gradually each year until in Year 5 and 6 girls are expected to complete various homework tasks in 40 minutes per night and an hour at the weekend. Importantly for us, this gives the girls plenty of time to follow their own interests out of school.
How do parents contact a teacher?
Every member of the Junior Staff has a weekly period of availability when parents know that they can make contact. Collection time provides another opportunity for parents and staff to have an informal chat. Reading record books and homework diaries are another source. Parents are invited to make appointments to see the Head whenever necessary.
What happens when a girl is not making the progress she should?
There are ongoing assessments throughout the school year that monitor pupils’ progress. Any concerns that arise from these are discussed with the Head, the parents and the form tutor and an appropriate course of action planned.
How are we informed of our daughter’s progress?
There are two Parents’ Evenings a year and a full report on each girl goes home two weeks before the end of the school year. In addition, parents are invited to a Curriculum Evening at the beginning of the academic year. This is an opportunity to meet the new form teacher, receive a curriculum newsletter and find out what the girls will be studying. In the Autumn and Spring term, girls in Years 4 to 6 bring home grade sheets that outline progress made and targets for the following term.
Do all the girls transfer to the Senior School?
Each year the majority of girls in the Junior School transfer successfully to the Senior School. Girls in Year 6 may be awarded an Academic Scholarship based on their record in the Junior School and they can also audition for a Music Scholarship on entry to the Senior School.
How old do you have to be to learn a musical instrument?
From age 5, girls have the opportunity to learn the violin or cello in a small group. In Year 3 they may have piano lessons and the opportunity to learn a variety of orchestral instruments. We place a great of importance on playing together and every girl is given the opportunity to perform informally at the regular assemblies and in concerts where parents can also attend.
What extra activities does the school offer?
There are a growing number of clubs on offer at lunchtime and after school. These include musical, sporting and recreational activities and are run by staff or parents. We also have countless events at school. These include: Topic workshops, visiting artists, dancing, curriculum weeks and charity events.
Do the girls go out on visits?
Every form goes out at least once each term to a venue that supports the curriculum. Year 5 and 6 enjoy residential visits in the Summer term to Sayers Croft Field Centre and Osmington Bay in Dorset.