Early Years

Our Early Years house provides girls with a secure, safe and happy start to their education, enabling them to become confident, creative, life-long learners. At this stage, it is also crucial that girls learn to play, make friends, share and develop their independence.

We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observations of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning, to enable the children to achieve and exceed the Early Learning Goals. We value children learning through first hand experiences and provide opportunities for them to discover, make choices, initiate, and to think critically and creatively.

Our Pre-Reception and Reception classes are each taught by a full-time teacher and a trained teaching assistant. The class teacher teaches the majority of their lessons, building a close relationship, and establishing a supportive environment.

Our children are also taught by specialist teachers for music, French, physical education and ballet. The girls follow the National Curriculum Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals.

Pre-Reception Hours

All children attend 5 mornings: 8.30am to 12.00 noon. Afternoon sessions are available 5 days a week and girls are encouraged to attend at least 3 full days by the end of the summer term to prepare them for the following year in Reception. The afternoon sessions end at 3.15 pm. After school care is also available until 5.00pm

Reception Hours

In Reception the girls attend a full day of school, from 8.30am until 3.15pm. After school clubs are offered for this year group, and end at 4.20pm. After school care is also available until 5.00pm.

Parents as Partners

We recognise parents and carers as co-educators of the children and endeavour to create strong partnerships with them to enhance children’s learning. We welcome and actively encourage parental input and participation in their child’s education and share our knowledge and experiences with them. We develop strong partnerships with parents and carers through such events as our Phonics & Maths Workshops and Mystery Readers.