The boys in the Junior Department enjoy an exciting and interesting curriculum covering Mathematics, English Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art, ICT, Music, French PHSE and Games. The boys have access to dedicated facilities such as the Computer Room, the Music Room, Sports Hall and field, Art and Design Room, Science Laboratories and Learning Resource Centre. In Years 1 and 2 the form teacher teaches the majority of subjects with subject specialists teaching French, Computing, Sport, Music and Art. By the time the boys are in Year 3 they are taught by subject specialists in a greater variety of subjects on the curriculum. Their form teacher continues to oversee their pastoral needs and daily care.
The Junior Department has an excellent boy to teacher ratio and benefits from small class sizes with a teaching assistant working in each year group. Lessons are delivered to offer a good balance of whole class, small group and individual teaching. Boys are taught in mixed ability classes and work is differentiated as necessary.
Boys are teacher assessed regularly to ensure they make good progress. At the end of each topic, in all subjects, an internal appraisal takes place based on summative and formative assessment. Parents’ Evenings are held twice a year, offering a formal opportunity for parents to meet their son’s teachers. In addition staff are always available at the end of the day for informal conversations and contactable by email for other appointments. Full written summative reports are sent home at the end of each academic year.