Curriculum changes announced at the Junior School
Sophie Clayton

Following the successful return to the pre-Covid provision with the reintroduction of clubs and activities, the return of educational trips and visits, performing arts events and the resumption of a full set of sporting fixtures, the Junior School is able to build upon this success with a number of exciting changes for the new academic year.

From September 2022, the Junior School will be extending the school day for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to align with the rest of the school. All pupils at the school will now finish at 4:00pm. The decision has been made in order to facilitate a wider curriculum programme but also to enable parents to collect siblings together.

The school’s new curriculum will see the introduction of an outdoor pursuits lesson each week, as well as two music lessons and four sports sessions. This will include; a mini-choir and an orchestra, mini rugby, hockey, netball and cricket alongside PE and swimming.

A new optional co-curriculum programme will also run from 4:00pm-5:00pm, followed by Prep and Tea. The programme will include a different activity each day, ranging from cooking and sport to art, outdoor adventure and dance. Parents have the option to pay a daily rate, or a more cost- effective block option for the term. Those in Key Stage Two are able to continue in the programme until 6:00pm.

The changes come after Headmaster, James Mundell, led a consultation with current parents and staff, as well as with prospective parents at the pre-school, Mill House.