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How we are organised

How we are organised

The school is organised into three phases - Infant, Lower Junior and Upper Junior.  Each one led by a Phase Leader, who monitors the teaching and learning in their phase.  

Our cross-year organisation in the junior phases, unique to the local schools, means that we can be more flexible in deploying our teachers and in grouping and teaching your child.  Each child’s personalised needs are taken into account when organising classes to ensure children are comfortable in their learning environment.  We are also able to teach children according to ability rather than age.

Our structure also breaks down traditional year group boundaries so that children get to meet and befriend children from across the school.  Socially and academically this model works, and we believe is the best structure for our school. This is a forward thinking approach and one which is favoured by many educationalists.

For more thought provoking information you may like to Google www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms

and ‘shift happens uk’: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2008/09/11/shift-happens-uk-download.aspx

There are three classes in each phase:

  1. The Infant Phase - Reception (4-5 yrs), Year 1 (5-6 yrs) and Year 2 (6-7 yrs)
  2. The Lower Junior Phase - Three parallel classes (7-9 yrs)
  3. The Upper Junior Phase - Three parallel classes (9-11 yrs)

The Infant Phase is Key Stage 1 (KS1)  and our Reception  Class which is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  The Lower and Upper Junior Phases together make up Key Stage 2 (KS2).  

Our school is small and nurturing; we pride ourselves on each member of staff knowing every child’s name.  We have one class entry of 30 pupils at Reception and currently have the capacity to admit an extra 15 children at the beginning of the Lower Juniors (traditionally Year 3). Our current class sizes in the Junior Phases are between 25 and 30 pupils.