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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Junior Department

Mr Alan Whelpdale
Head of Junior Department
Mrs Sarah Davies

The Junior Department is where a girl's learning journey begins. Girls settle quickly into their classes, making friends and forming strong bonds with their teachers. Feeling at ease amongst their peers enables all girls to develop confidence and make outstanding progress in their learning. High expectations ensure that every girl reaches her full potential.

The curriculum has a strong focus on key skills in maths and English, but is creatively designed by dedicated teachers to deliver the broad aims of the National Curriculum, whilst also appealing to the girls' individual interests.
Each class is taught primarily by the same teacher for most curriculum subjects, but music, PE and French are delivered by a specialist teacher. Homework is set to reinforce and extend the girls' learning, whilst enabling them to develop independence in their own work. A full induction for life in the Senior School takes place during the Summer Term of Year 5.

Trips and visits are wide-ranging and take place whenever possible so that learning is brought to life. In Years 4 and 5, girls participate in a residential trip which aims to develop their independence and teamwork skills. An outstanding program of extra-curricular clubs is on offer and is regularly updated with new opportunities including; Latin, Gardening, Debating, Netball and Tennis.

Arrange a visit to come and see for yourself the Junior Department in action.