As a church school we take a Christian, rather than a secular view on Individuality. We don’t consider it to be about putting oneself first, but about using individual talents and skills to the best effect and to serve others.
Our teachers work closely with every girl and boy in school, treating them as unique children. We have several effective systems and routine which enable us to tailor our teaching to each child’s strengths and needs. This includes our innovative stepping stones system of classes which are organised as follows:
Sycamore: 30 Spring and Summer born Reception children
Beech: 20 Autumn Reception, 10 lower achieving Year 1 (These Year 1 children spend much of each morning in Oak, receiving Year 1 teaching with their peers. Each afternoon they receive small group and paired teaching to assist them in making rapid progress in areas where they have additional needs.)
Lime: 10 high achieving Year 1, 20 mid-low achieving Year 2 (These Year 1 children find learning very easy and could easily become frustrated. In Lime Class we are able to stretch them academically and provide a good deal of challenge. The Year 2 children in Lime require additional support and/or nurture in order to reach their potential. This is provided.)
Apple: 30 mid-high achieving Year 2