From age seven, children move into the Main School having enjoyed a range of fantastic activities during their time in the Pre-Prep department, especially in their last year there.
For the first two years they are largely taught by their form teacher in a self-contained classroom block but still benefit from having specialist teachers in some subjects and activities. They also have the opportunity to use the excellent facilities available in the main school, in particular, the ICT and food technology classrooms where the children enjoy learning new skills in stimulating surroundings.
From year 5 (age 9), children move to designated classrooms with specialist teachers while still benefiting from the guidance and encouragement of a form teacher who looks after their daily needs.
Within a relatively small school, all children and staff quickly come to know each other individually. Class sizes in Pre-Prep are normally up to sixteen with a teacher and assistant (a staff pupil ratio of approximately 1:7). In the Main School, twenty is a normal maximum with teaching assistants often with year 3 & 4 and in other areas of the school as necessary.
As children move into year 7, more of the teaching and organisation is linked to transition to senior school. Many schools now like to pre-test at year 6 with entry subject to passing the Common Entrance exam. In these year groups, classes are often split into two to provide very small teaching groups.
Children move on to a range of senior schools and for the last two decades all children have passed into their first choice school. Many children attempt scholarships in a variety of areas.
The Headmaster is very happy to assist in the choice of senior schools and the suitability of a range of scholarships and awards.
As well as the curriculum subjects, all children have the opportunity to take part in sports or activities every day. The Arts, Music, Drama and Environmental Studies are also available and all years make the most of our unique and stimulating grounds. A variety of outings away from school, whether these are residential or just for the day, bring the subject teaching to life and all the children benefit enormously from being able to "experience" their subjects on such trips.