The pre-school teaches children aged 3 and 4 years of age using full Montessori principles. As a result of this most children are reading and writing basic words and have knowledge of numbers and simple sums by the time they move into the reception class of the upper school in the year they become 5 years of age.
Children in the early years of the primary school continue to use Montessori teaching materials and methods and, as they progress through the school, more mainstream practices, such as group learning, structured lessons and tests, are gradually introduced.
The concept of tests and examinations is introduced to the children gradually as they progress through the school. Assessment tests are set twice yearly and take place as part of the normal school day at times which are not previously announced. Consequently "revision" is a term not used within the school until the final year, when children are shown how the methods they have learned can be brought together and used as successful exam technique. At this stage they undertake assessment tests under formal conditions to provide preparation for secondary school entrance exams.
In keeping with the school's philosophy of teaching each child as an individual, class sizes are small, with an average of fifteen pupils per class and a maximum of eighteen. Each class teacher of children in the age range 3 to 7 has a class assistant.
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