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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Early Years

Headmaster
Mr Alan Whelpdale
Head of Junior Department
Mrs Sarah Davies

Pupils in the Early Years are our youngest girls, and it is important that they feel safe, happy and cared for. It is equally important that they learn about the excitement of discovery.

To this end, girls have their own area on the ground floor of the Junior Department. There is a library, two classrooms, an art room, and an outdoor area undercover for sand and water play. A new initiative is the outdoor classroom in the wooded area behind the playground: a place where they learn about nature, caring for animals and being safe when outside. Girls in the Foundation Unit have easy access to the supervised playground, a fenced pond area, swings and playground equipment.

The Unit is coordinated by Miss Christina Pow, a fully trained Early Years teacher, and she is assisted by six qualified nursery nurses. Abby Cox, the School Nurse, is also a regular visitor to the Foundation Unit, ensuring that our very youngest girls' pastoral care is managed to the highest standard.

We love to take the girls out on trips, and invite interesting people in. Our 3-5 year olds have visited local factories, farms and gardens! Trips and visits are a vital part of the girls' learning journey and education. In school, they have enjoyed story tellers, authors, and taken part in many Olympic and Jubilee events.

Being part of a Junior Department, which in turn is part of a Senior School, means that the girls benefit from the level and range of activities offered. Their Book Week costume parade in front of the whole school assembly is a favourite event for everyone; they regularly enjoy senior girls reading to them, and take part in many of the whole school charity events throughout the year. They also are supported by a Junior Department School Council and Junior Department Prefect in the Sixth Form, who co-ordinate inter-school activities.