We believe a child’s educational progress from early childhood to young adulthood is a developmental journey. This journey needs a child-centred approach in which the curriculum and the style of learning reflects the natural stage of the growing child.
16 children per class
Your child will be part of a small class group of no more than 16 children, who grow to appreciate the abilities and qualities of their peers and so also learn from each other. Small class sizes also support direct child to teacher learning.
No Formal Tests
In the current educational landscape of the UK, we believe our young children are over tested and put under too much pressure from an early age. We do not support formal testing in the primary years and focus on regular teacher feedback.
Knowing your child well is central to our approach to learning. The Class Teacher develops a deep knowledge of the children’s educational, social and emotional needs and nurtures their individual strengths.
We place a lot of emphasis on creativity, with drawing, painting, music, movement, poetry, modelling and drama used in all subjects. We also value physical movement and children participate in traditional games, sports, gymnastics and drama.
Computers and other on-screen learning methods are not used at all until pupils reach adolescence. Global research shows alarming rates of anxiety, depression and loneliness among young people are being linked to screen time.
Activities & Handwork
Using a range of activities including wood work, movement, singing, music, drawing, painting and modelling the children familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of mathematics and literacy, developing core skills in these areas. They learn through imaginative pictures and play, which engages their feelings and allows their core skills to develop without pressure and stress.
All primary years
We have a dedicated woodwork room with a specialist carpenter and natural woodwork expert. The children develop skills from whittling to joint making and basic carpentry.
All primary years
Handwork is a dedicated lesson, in addition to the main lesson. The children will further develop cognitive, mathematical and creative attributes whilst learning the practical skills of sewing, spinning, weaving and crocheting.