Welcome to our Primary School Our emphasis in the primary school is to make sure that each child enjoys the care, support and attention they need to learn, develop and flourish. Our primary School provides a rich and varied academic education, leading to above average levels of attainment expected for their age group. Every year it’s lovely to watch how quickly our new boys and girls settle in and how happily they immerse themselves in the school community. As they progress through the school, it is wonderful to see them developing in confidence, exploring their talents and engaging with their learning. I think this comes down to the thought we put into making sure that every child is happy. You can see it in our insistence on small class sizes, which allows our teachers to develop a close bond with each boy and girl. You can see it in the way we arrange for different year groups to work together, which makes the transitions between key stages so much more comfortable, and you can see it in our comprehensive programme of enrichment activities and school clubs, which make it so much easier for every child to identify their talents and enjoy exploring them. The result is that everyone at the school feels that they matter – that they are cared for and supported. We look out for each other, and we celebrate each other’s successes. It’s a strong foundation that we build on with high-quality teaching and a wide curriculum to ensure that every child makes exceptional progress. I count myself lucky to see this spirit of happiness and shared endeavour every day, and I invite you to see it for yourself by making and enquiry or arranging a visit. I would be delighted to show you around and to introduce you to some of our wonderful boys and girls – who truly are the best advert for the school. Why choose our Primary School? • Small class sizes that ensures that every teacher knows every pupil and believes in them • Individualised learning programmes to ensure every child makes exceptional progress • Specialist Teaching in PE, ICT, Music and Modern Foreign Languages which develop your child’s confidence and enriches their school experience • Gifted and talented programme to help high achievers push their boundaries • Daily individual reading for all Prep Children • Outstanding pastoral care from approachable, caring staff • A comprehensive enrichment programme and a fantastic selection of clubs and activities to help build confidence • An extensive trips and visits programme to support the school curriculum • A structured transition programme to prepare your child for Senior School • PSHE programmes to inspire leadership and social responsibility. • Regular parent activities and on line virtual learning environments to involve you in your child’s education • Before and After School Care from 7.15 am to 6.00 pm • Holiday Provision for Early Years pupils (Nursery – Reception). Primary School Curriculum Our primary School pupils enjoy high-quality teaching in core subjects supplemented by specialist teaching in sports, modern languages and music. Our rich primary School curriculum is designed to help our boys and girls grow in knowledge, skills and understanding. As well as the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, pupils are encouraged to engage with a range of others so that they discover new ways to connect with the wider world and build a lifelong love of learning. These subjects include History, Geography, Religious Studies and PSHCE (Physical, Social, Health and Citizenship Education), as well as PE, Games, French, Music and Computing – all five of which are taught by subject-specialist teachers. All of our teachers are committed to promoting a positive learning environment, in which individual pupil progress is of paramount importance. We have high expectations of our boys and girls and we tailor their education on a personal basis – providing differentiated tasks to stretch pupils in targeted ways. This is made easier by our small classes, which allow our teachers to know each pupil well and ensure that they progress at just the right speed, and by the fact that in Years 3 to 6 we set our children for lessons in Maths and English. As our boys and girls pass through the Junior School we also prepare them to take required examinations – with consistently strong results. Our curriculum is enhanced by a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, and we take great care to weave spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) into every aspect of school life. That way we can ensure that all of our boys and girls grow to become fully rounded individuals, able to understand and embrace the fundamental values that hold our society together – democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Primary School Staff The close relationship between teachers and pupils in our Lower School ensures that teachers know their pupils well, enabling good progress for all.