|A Learning Environment|
We believe the most effective learning environment is achieved when the best of traditional methods are combined with tested and proven modern approaches; where children are happy, motivated, challenged and inspired. Children possess varied styles of learning: our teachers seek to adapt their teaching methods to suit individual needs.
Children in the Junior School (aged 3-8) are taught in small classes. There are usually two, sometimes three, parallel forms in each year group. Each class has its own experienced teacher with a full-time classroom assistant as well as additional welfare and special educational needs support. The children are taught according to the framework of the National Curriculum, taking Key Stage One SATs at the end of Year 2.
The curriculum for the Middle School (aged 8 - 13) is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum up to age 11. All pupils take Key Stage Two SATs at the end of Year 6. From 11 to 13, the school uses the curriclum and syllabuses of Common Entrance. Those moving on to other secondary schools at 13+ are prepared for the relevant examinations (CE and Scholarship) whilst those proceeding to GCSEs within the Cathedral School benefit from the accelerated learning which this implies.The Learning Support Department provides for the needs of those with learning difficulties.
The curriculum for the Senior School (currently age 13 - 16) is fashioned around a broad selection of subjects for GCSE. Where it is helpful to the pupils concerned, certain GCSE examinations may be taken a year in advance.
The Sixth Form (age 16-18) curriculum is based on each student taking at least 4 AS Level subjects in the first year, while 3 or 4 subjects are studied to A2 Level in the second year. Embedded in the curriculum is the exploration of routes post-18, including careers options and further education.
The School believes strongly in the benefits of a broad education through which individual strengths can be discovered and nurtured. The use of Information Technology is encouraged throughout the school, and taught from Year 3. French is taught from Year 1, Latin from Year 5, Spanish or German from Year 8, and History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Drama, Dance (younger pupils), Art, DT, Games, PE and Swimming (Y2&3) are all taught within the timetabled curriculum.