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Primary & Secondary
Last update: 15 August 2020
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 15 August 2020

NEW HEAD FOR REDMAIDS' HIGH SCHOOL, BRISTOL

From September 2020, Mr Paul Dwyer will take over as Head of Redmaids' High Senior School, following on from Isabel Tobias who was its Headmistress for 19 years.

Mr Dwyer, who joins the Bristol-based girls' school from his previous Deputy Head post at North London Collegiate School, completed both his undergraduate degree in History and his PGCE at Oxford.

He has strong experience in girls’ education, having previously been the Director of Sixth Form at Putney High School.

As well as his expertise in teaching, Mr Dwyer is known for encouraging teachers across the globe to challenge themselves. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on education, hosts a podcast designed to help teachers reflect on their practice and was President and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Groups of Redmaids' High students were able to meet the candidates during the recruitment process. The nine girls who met Mr Dwyer, a married father with a two-year-old daughter, recalled that he was highly approachable and personable, adding that he recognised the high importance we place on tradition, and shared their desire for more sustainable practices within school to address climate change.

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the next Head of Redmaids’ High School,” says Mr Dwyer. “It is a vibrant and modern school, steeped in history with an excellent academic record and I’m looking forward to joining the RHS community.

“The founding aims of the School, with its provision of bursaries and scholarships to ambitious and able students, resonate strongly with me. I was the first of my family to attend university and did so thanks to the Sutton Trust – an organisation that identifies potential in children from non-traditional backgrounds.

“I know first-hand the benefit that a strong and supportive educational environment can have and can see that Redmaids’ High has this same life-changing impact on young women in Bristol."

Bristol Grammar School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 15 August 2020

OPEN DAYS

Bristol Grammar School holds regular open mornings, when you can tour the School in the company of current students and chat to staff over refreshments. 

There are also individual tours on offer when you can see the School on a normal working day and find out more about life at BGS. 

Details of upcoming dates and how to book are available on the BGS website. 

WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH

Our next Whole School Open Morning is on Wednesday 16 March, from 10.00am–12 noon. Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.

Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend on the BGS website <<www.bristolgrammarschool.co.uk/events>>. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.

If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to BGS. 

Primary
Last update: 05 August 2020

NUMBER 11 IN THE PARENT POWER TOP 100 PREP SCHOOLS LIST

 

 

 

Breaside Preparatory School has been ranked 11th among the top 100 UK Prep Schools by The Times newspaper and feature in the accompanying Parent Power: Best UK Schools Guide 2019. The guide is based on exams results and features both independent and state schools.

Staff from Breaside Preparatory school were celebrating their ranking as being the 11th best Independent School in the country.  Executive Principal of Breaside Preparatory School Karen Nicholson said:

“We are very pleased to share with you that we have been placed 11th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Schools list - an absolutely fantastic achievement of which we are incredibly proud!

“It is wonderful to be recognised for all of the hard work that the staff and children put into Breaside to make it the very special place that it is.”

 

 

 

 

Sadly we are unable to host any Open Mornings or Private Tours in the current situation, but our admissions team are still working and on hand to discuss your child’s education. Please feel free to call or email our Admissions Registrar Lucy Greaves, our admissions registrar on 020 8460 0916, to learn more about our welcoming environment, small classes and high-quality teaching tailored to your child’s individual needs.

You can learn more about our virtual admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.

 

At our Open Mornings you can discover the opportunities a Breaside education can offer your family.

Our Year 6 pupils take visitors on a tour of the school and afterwards you will have the opportunity to chat with staff over refreshments.  Tours usually last around an hour.  Our Registrar, Lucy Greaves, will be on hand to answer questions about the admissions process and discuss next steps.

Open Morning dates tbc
Book now >>

We look forward to welcoming you.

You can also book a Private Tour by clicking the link below. 

AWARD FOR CHILDCARE EXCELLENCE

 


 

Breaside have been awarded Millie’s Mark. This is a great achievement for the school and we are grateful for all the hard work and commitment from our staff  towards helping us to exceed health & safety and paediatric first aid requirements.

Millie’s Mark is awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond the minimum requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid, and also ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept alive and in the forefront of practitioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable.

EXCELLENT RESULTS

 

 

We have an excellent record of places gained to local grammar and independent schools and this year is no exception. Our 11+ results were once again outstanding with some pupils offered academic, creative and sports scholarships. Our impressive Key Stage 2 results are well above the national average. 

100% of pupils gained their first choice at Senior School.

50% of our children received scholarships.

Breaside ranked 16th in the Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England in the Sunday Times. 

Parents are given guidance on the schools that we recommend for their children throughout their time at Breaside and we pride ourselves on getting the children into the right school for them as individuals.

Please see our lists of places offered over the past few years via the Leaver's Destinations link (above). 

Secondary
Last update: 04 August 2020

We are unable to welcome visitors at this time, however we are currently offering a series of Virtual Open Days 

Open Mornings at William Perkins School - Autumn Term 2020

 

Thursday 24 September 2020 - Book now >>

Friday 9 October 2020 - Book now >>

Wednesday 25 November 2020

 

Meet the Head
Individual meetings with the Head plus a tour can be arranged by appointment.

Taster Days
Find out more about our Taster Days here.
 

Year 11 Into Sixth Form Evening
The Year 11 into Sixth Form Evening takes place in mid September and is an opportunity to find out more about our subject choices and bespoke Sixth Form programme. No booking required.

Please email for more information: [email protected] or click on the link below. 

FANTASTIC RESULTS AT GSCE AND A LEVEL

 


 

Although we believe that education isn't just about good exam results or grades, our examination results at GCSE and A Level are continuously at a high level and reflect the hard work and effort our students put into their studies.

 

GCSE 2019:

|| 25% of grades 9 || 52% grades 9-8 ||
|| 5% of students gained 9+ straight Grade 9s ||
|| 33% students gained all Grades 9-7 ||

A Levels 2019:

|| 100% pass ||
|| 88% of grades A*-B || 52% of grades A*-A ||
|| 30% of students gained all A* & A grades ||
|| 70% of students gained three A*-B grades ||

 

“As this is the first year based entirely on the new numerical grades, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect, so we are over the moon with these results – they certainly stand out in the history of the school. So our congratulations go to this year group, as well as to their parents and our marvellous staff for all the support and hard work that has gone into producing this amazing statistics.”

SIR WILLIAM PERKINS AIMS ARE TO:

 

* Inspire excellence in academic standar * Give the student the confidence to enjoy learning, the resilience to learn from mistakes and to cultivate good habits of work * Help each student: - develop fully as an individual with integrity - refine creative and practical skills - gain the qualifications they need to embark on, and succeed in, their chosen career - think independently - be a confident, responsible and unselfish member of the community.
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 28 July 2020

HYDESVILLE TAKES MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING TO A NEW LEVEL 

 

Pupils at Hydesville Tower School in Walsall joined over 45,000 children and young people around on Friday 27th September 2019 to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education.

Hydesville collapsed the curriculum for the entire day to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of 74 schools of which Hydesville Tower School is a member. 

With children ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old, the challenge at Hydesville Tower School was to create a meaningful series of events that would have value immediately but also for the months and years to come. Big favourites included the Animal Café, with time to pet and look after a range of animals; Zumba and kickboxing to get the pulse raising; meditation and yoga to help promote calm and mindfulness; and lots and lots of smiles.

Warren Honey, Headmaster at Hydesville Tower School, said: “this was a wonderful opportunity for the Hydesville community to come together and put mental health in the spotlight. As a school, we value the person and their emotional wellbeing, so planning these events felt a natural opportunity to prepare our children for the various challenges of life.

“The School’s Mental Health Champion Aimee Kingston was instrumental in designing elements of the day, and all the staff were involved at various stages to promote the initiative.”

Global Be Well Day emanated from conversations between the global leaders last October, and a commitment to action in all the Cognita schools. Resources from world experts in sleep and nutrition, alongside the shared ideas for activities have helped this initiative reach over 45,000 students, 7,000 staff and countless parents and families.


 

OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

 

"New experiences enrich children’s lives and help them decide where their interests and passions lie."
 

For one lesson a week the timetable is collapsed and given over to pupil enrichment. The programme draws on the interests and talents of our teachers and is a chance for pupils to enjoy pastimes that are beyond the confines of the examination curriculum. The activities are carefully planned to ensure there is something to appeal to all pupils.

HYDESVILLE TOWER SCHOOL NURSERY RECEIVES MILLIE’S MARK

 

Hydesville Tower School Nursery has announced that it has received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. With its robust processes and documentation, the nursery staff strive to keep children safe by minimising risks and accidents and giving parents that greater reassurance.

 

Hydesville Tower School Nursery has been awarded Millie’s Mark by National Day Nurseries Association in collaboration with Department for Education and Millie’s Trust. 

 

Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who tragically died as a result of choking in a nursery in 2012. Her parents Dan and Joanne Thompson have campaigned for all staff to have paediatric first aid training and having Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have met this. In addition, it shows they work hard to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of employees’ minds, so they are competent and can apply paediatric first aid in any situation.  

Sam Smith, Nursery Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark.  This is a special achievement and shows how serious we are about ensuring children are safe when they are in our care. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this process and we are all very much looking forward to celebrating our success.”

 

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) adds: “Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement for the nursery, it shows that all staff are fully trained in paediatric first aid and that they have reflected on their current practice to improve competence and confidence. Becoming a Millie’s Mark’s nursery is a clear indicator for parents that this nursery has met the highest standards and gives them the reassurance that their children are safe’.


 

HYDESVILLE TOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE SUPERB GCSE ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2019

 

 

Pupils from Hydesville Tower School in Walsall are celebrating excellent 2019 GCSE results, with 98% of all papers taken achieving a “good pass” or better at the new Grade 4+.  The national average was 67%.

 

Most impressively, 44% (compared to the national average of 20.6%) of exam grades at Hydesville were awarded at Grade 7 or above with half the cohort securing 5 or more GCSEs at Grades 7-9 – the previous A grade equivalent. Over a fifth of all exams were awarded Grades 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance. 

 

Results in specific subject areas were exceptional.  In Science, 55% (compared to the national average of 42.3%) of grades were 7 or above in Biology, 72% (the national average was 43.9%) were Grade 7 and above in Chemistry, with 18% (compared to 13% nationally) at Grade 9, and 73% (43.8% nationally) achieved Grade 7 and above in Physics. 

 

In addition, an outstanding 100% of History grades were Grade 8 and above and over 84% achieved a “strong pass” at Grade 5+ in English Language.  

 

All of the Year 11 cohort at Hydesville are to be congratulated for a superb set of results.  In particular, Karn, Tyler and Zara each collected a large number of the highest grades – 8s and 9s. 

 

Miss Lauren Jenkins, Head of Senior School, remarked: “This has been a group of children that we have enjoyed nurturing over the past five years. The measure of their achievements is evident in their value-added scores, with a sizeable increase on each child’s potential from starting with us.  As a year group, they have offered a great deal in the classroom and in the various extra-curricular activities available.”

 

Hydesville Tower School, situated on Broadway North in Walsall, is proudly non-selective and is fully committed to helping pupils achieve the very best results possible. Mr Warren Honey, Headmaster, said: “It is a pleasure to celebrate with our staff and pupils who have worked so hard to achieve these results. My congratulations go to all of our GCSE pupils and I wish them every success as they take their next steps into post-16 education and beyond. These results provide a clear indication that the personalised approach taken at Hydesville gives every child the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their potential.”

 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 28 July 2020

Every term we hold a series of open mornings and other events to give you and your child a chance to look around the school, meet the teachers, talk to our Admissions Registrar, and get a taste of what life is like here. To learn more about our school, please attend one of our upcoming Open Days or contact our Admissions Registrar for a Private Tour.

Open Mornings and Taster Days

If you would like to visit the school before our next event, please click on the link below to arrange a Private Tour. 

Open Day - Saurday 3rd October 2020 - 10 am to 1 pm

School in Action Open Morning - Tuesday 13th October 2020 - 9.30 to 12 noon

Year 7 Taster Day for Year 6 Pupils - Wednesday 4th November 2020 - 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

Year 5 Education Day - Saturday 7th November 2020 - 10 am to 12 noon

Year 4 & 5 Meet the Head - Friday 20th November 2020 - 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Year 5 Education Day - Saturday 30th January 2021 - 10 am to 12 noon

Open Day - Saturday 6th March 2021 - 10 am to 1 pm

School in Action Open Morning - Tuesday 16th March 2021 - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Year 7 Taster Day for Year 6 Pupils - Wednesday 17th March 2021 - 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

Early Years Meet the Head - Tuesday 4th May 2021 - 9.30 am to 11.30 am

School in Action Open Morning - Thursday 6th May 2021 2021 - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Year 5 Education Day - Saturday 15th May 2021 - 10 am to 12 noon

 

 

OUR ETHOS

 

 

"We celebrate individuals at Colchester High School – giving each of our boys and girls the education they need to make the most of their personal talents and potential."

 

At Colchester High School we celebrate the individual. Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching are the two key characteristics that the success of our school is built on, allowing us to offer a tailored education to each individual boy and girl in the school.

Working with a small class, a good teacher can get to know each pupil as an individual and identify their strengths and needs. This allows them to know what motivates them and how to best help them progress. Our great teachers are specialists in their subject and this expert teaching in music, French, ICT and PE is accessed by children at every stage of the school, right from nursery.

Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching also allow us to offer strong pastoral care. We know our boys and girls with all of their enthusiasms, fears and dreams. This allows us to support their on a spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in a focused and tailored way, ensuring that they develop the kind of personal qualities our society needs.

OUR HAPPY BOYS AND GIRLS


Parents who visit our school always remark on how happy the children are. It’s no coincidence that we place such an emphasis on providing excellent pastoral care.

Good pastoral care is about making children feel at ease so that they can thrive at school. That means making every child feel valued and cared for, which in turn means knowing them well, having good relationships with their families, and offering them the right support.

Read more about our Pastoral Care here.

 

Primary
Last update: 26 July 2020

A NEW INDEPENDENT SCHOOL IN THE HEART OF KENSINGTON


Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School is a new independent school for boys and girls aged 3-11, in the heart of Kensington, opening in September 2020. We have one aim which is to give each pupil an education which enables them to flourish.  By focusing on academic excellence, character development and the nurturing of a global perspective, we equip children for all the challenges that life can offer. We want to foster a love of learning within each child, for them to be curious and ambitious so that they leave us confident and excited about the future. Prepared. For everything.

Everything we do is aimed at fostering a belief in oneself and in others, a commitment to doing our best and collaborating with other people to help them do theirs. By emphasising the importance of personal integrity, hard work, being kind and showing respect, we inspire our pupils to make a difference throughout their lives.

After a happy home, the most important experience you can give your child is the best possible education. At Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, that’s exactly what they’ll enjoy. From Pre-Prep to Prep, every pupil is encouraged to discover the very best of themselves; in the classroom, on the sports fields, in the library, in the pool, on stage, in the science labs and in the garden.

Innovative teaching, superb facilities and a broad, exciting curriculum will help them to thrive; preparing them for anything and everything.

SPECIALIST TEACHING

 

 

We have specialist teaching in music, PE and French from nursery as well as in drama and science further up the school. In our top two years, the children are encouraged to develop their organisational skills by moving round the school and going to specialist classrooms in science, English and maths. This is just one of the many ways in which we prepare them for senior school life.

Children will be rigorously prepared for the 11+ entrance exams to top senior day and boarding schools in London and beyond. This will be done in a carefully planned and measured way to ensure that the children are also able to enjoy all that their school life has to offer.

HEAD START: SUPERB FACILITIES AT PRINCE'S GARDENS PREP

 

Facilities will range from a hall, just for the younger pupils, to generously proportioned classrooms where the two nursery and three reception classes can access their own, purpose-built terrace – a perfect outdoor learning space. Beyond that is the school’s two-acre garden – a paradise that is enclosed, hidden and completely unexpected.

Of course, there are the green spaces of Hyde Park, just a few minutes away, where nursery and reception classes will spend two hours each week.

Children in early years will do everything from launching model boats to explore floating and sinking, gather sticks and leaves, make sequences out of pine cones and learn how to work collaboratively – or develop independent learning skills.

 

 

Secondary
Last update: 23 July 2020

 

Our upcoming Open Events are as follows but please check the link below for the latest information:

Sixth Form Open Evening: Tuesday 29 September from 6.30pm – 9.00pm.

Senior Open Morning (All Years):  Saturday 3 October 9.00am – 12.00pm.
Including tours of Kingswood Prep School if required

 

Prep School Events:

KPS School Open Morning: Thursday 1 October 10.00am – 12.00pm

 

We are delighted to welcome families on personal visits, when Covuid-19 guidelines permit, ideally during term time and on a working day, as this is the best time to see the school community operating normally. As well as organising a meeting with the Headmaster or a member of the Senior Management Team, the Admissions team will also arrange a tour with one of our pupils. This will include a visit to one of our boarding houses and a chance to talk about entrance procedures with the Head of Admissions. Visits normally take place between 9.00am and 2.30pm and last around two hours.  

To book a visit please fill out the form below or contact Senara Derrick via [email protected] or click on the link below. 

NURSERY AND PRE-SCHOOL

 

‘The Garden At Kingswood’ opened in September 2018 and is open for 50 weeks of the year welcoming children from 9 months.  The Pre-School will give our younger children a space to make the most of their first steps in a school-based environment which will aim to stimulate these young minds at a stage when they are so open to learning new skills. Our children will have access to Science, ICT, PE, Music, languages, yoga, swimming and outdoor education.

Come and explore all of what Kingswood has to offer your child.

FACTS ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

 

 

 

• 90% of our Sixth Form students gain entry to their preferred choice of University

• 11% of the School Roll is made up of students from overseas

• The average class size for pupils in Years 7-11 is 18

• The average Sixth Form class size is 10 pupils per class

• We fully support and guide students with their University applications and work experience, including one-to-one tutorials on writing their Personal Statements

• Activity programmes provide important foundations for the development of character and personality in young people. The value and benefit of these experiences cannot be achieved by classroom teaching alone

• The City of Bath not only offers a culturally rich and stimulating experience; it is also a very safe and secure environment for international pupils to live in. isit the Kingswood website

 


 

NEW KINGSWOOD PRINCIPAL APPOINTED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020



Kingswood School has announced that the Governing Body have appointed Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown to succeed Simon Morris as Principal of the Kingswood Foundation and Head of the Senior School from September 2020.

Andrew Gordon-Brown is currently Head of Truro School, which is a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust and therefore shares the ethos and values which are central to the success of Kingswood.  Educated at Hyde Park High School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Andrew was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town before joining Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.  He rowed for South Africa in the 1992 Olympics and then studied at Oxford University, gaining a Diploma in Social Studies and a MSc in Agricultural Economics as well as a rowing Blue.  He rejoined Deloittes for a period before moving to the UK, spending six years working in the City, before switching careers to teaching. 

Married with three children, Andrew is both a sportsman and a music lover. He is a founding trustee of a charity which provides teachers who deliver much of the music in the state education sector in Cornwall.

Maple Walk School
Primary
Last update: 15 July 2020

OPEN MORNINGS

If you would like to visit the school please check our website for future dates.

This will be an opportunity to have a tour of the school, meet the Head Teacher and to find out about all the exciting activities Maple Walk pupils are involved in.

To book a place please visit the school website www.maplewalkschool.co.uk, call the registrar on 020 8965 7374 or email [email protected]

 

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Reports Top Marks for Maple Walk!

 

The ISI Inspection 2020 gives Maple Walk its top grade of 'excellent' in all areas.

'Pupils' exemplary attitudes to their learning are suppoted by excellent teaching which enables them to become highly effective learner.''

''Pupils treat each other with considerabe kindness and respect and the quality of relationships between pupils and adults is excellent.''

 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 29 June 2020


 

You are warmly invited to attend one of our upcoming Open Days. 

There’s Nothing Quite Like Meeting Face-to-Face

Our School is a hive of activity and we would love for you to experience our warm atmosphere, meet with our Headmistress and subject specialist teachers, and talk with our students. It's the perfect way to understand our academic approach, our focus on life and employability skills, and how we develop the growth mindset. In addition, you can experience our strength in teaching STEM, Arts and Business & Enterprise subjects.
 

Following the UK Government announcement to close schools on 23 March, we are unfortunately not able to welcome prospective families to the school. However, during the school closure period, we have ensured a virtual admissions process is in place to provide families who are considering The Webber Independent School with the information they need.

We hope that our website, videos, photos and prospectus give you a flavour of what The Webber Independent School has to offer, and we will be delighted to welcome you to the school as soon as we possibly can.


MORE ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL ADMISSIONS PROCESS >>

Personal Tours

If you would like to book a bespoke tour of the school with the Headmistress Mrs Marsden, please contact our School Admissions department. Mrs Murchison who will arrange a suitable time and date convenient to you and your family or click on the link below.

We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to The Webber Independent School in the near future.

Telephone: 01908 574740

Email: [email protected] 

Click here to book a personal tour.
 

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

 


  

We are a high-performing co-educational independent day school offering a stimulating and well-rounded education. We are delighted to share feedback on our school from current parents: 

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend and congratulate you and your team for working as an extended family with pupils and parents alike. I also value the focus on emotional intelligence and the way that everyone at Webber cares, it gives me great warmth as a parent knowing that Ethan's needs are met emotionally as well as academically.”
Mrs Paula Hosken, Year 8 Parent

“Rosie has never been happier since she joined Webber, and I know that your school and all the fantastic staff and students are the reason for this. She is even considering the idea of staying at school and doing A-levels, something she had never wanted to do, which makes me almost burst with happiness!”
Mrs Stephanie Dearn, Year 11 Parent
  
 

OUR HAPPY PREP, PRE-PREP AND NEW NURSERY

   

 

The Webber Nursery – new for 2020 

Open 51 weeks of the year with opening times of 7:30am - 6:00pm and offering full and half day sessions, The Webber Nursery will deliver educational excellence in a nurturing, vibrant and enriching environment, supporting each child’s growth and development.

The Nursery will be divided into three warm and welcoming, dedicated rooms, allowing children to thrive in small groups with individual attention and a personalised learning journey:

• Little Explorers (6 months to 2 years)

• Little Adventurers (2 to 3 years)

• Little Learners (3 years+)

Download our Webber Nursery Booklet >>
 


 

Early Years

In Early Years we are confident that your child will experience the best possible introduction to their education. The environment, including the nursery garden, is designed to provide a safe place to explore, experiment, run, jump, sing, splash, paint, dig, play, make friends, have fun and learn. Health and safety and emotional well-being are priorities for our youngest students. Our highly qualified staff carefully plan an exciting range of activities, visits and learning experiences, which combine to ensure our youngsters make excellent progress to launch them successfully on their learning journey.

Watch our Early Years video here.
 

Years 1 and 2 

Year 1 and 2 classes are small and friendly. Students are taught according to their stage of development, regardless of their age, ensuring everyone has the appropriate level of challenge and is able to achieve their best. The curriculum is an exciting blend of the National Curriculum for England and the International Primary Curriculum, enhanced by specialist teaching, in Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and Music, and enriching, relevant outside visits. Opportunities are planned to develop confidence and leadership skills and a passion for learning. Students have access to a well-resourced outdoor space for learning and play, their own library and computers.

 

Prep School

Prep students are taught according to their stage of development allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their very best.

In years 3 and 4 the International Primary Curriculum is woven through the National Curriculum for England, providing a broad and rich experience for our students, enhanced by an exciting range of outside visits and specialist teaching in Physical Education, Music, Computer Science, French and Spanish.

In years 5 and 6 there is an increased focus on academic excellence and links with the senior section are strengthened to ensure a smooth and confident transition into senior school when the time comes.

A great deal of emphasis is placed on emotional health and wellbeing and there are numerous opportunities for students to experience the art of leadership, team building and independent learning in the classroom, the sports field and through a wide range of extra activities.

The pastoral care we provide is extremely successful in helping our young people grow into courteous, sensible and confident individuals.  Alongside which our excellent transition programme provides a seamless journey to the new challenges and experiences of Senior School life.

Prep students are happy to talk about their learning so please arrange to come and see us.

Halliford School
Secondary
Last update: 18 June 2020

VISITING HALLIFORD

 

We are delighted to invite you to experience Halliford School at one of our forthcoming Open Events and Visitor Mornings:

Open Morning
Saturday 3rd October 2020 tours from 9.30am – 11.30am

Headmaster’s presentation at 11.30am

Visitor Morning
Thursday 5th November 2020 tours at 9.30am and 11.30am

Visitor Morning
Tuesday 10th November 2020 tours at 9.30am and 11.30am

See below for more details on the events and to book. 

You are also most welcome to book a personal visit at any time during the academic year. Please contact our Registrar, Mrs Fran Clatworthy on 01932 234921 or email [email protected]

 

 

Visitor Mornings 

Visitor Mornings take place throughout the year in November, March and May. They provide prospective families with the opportunity to look around the school during a normal school day and to meet members of staff and current pupils.

Your visit will begin with refreshments and a presentation from the Headmaster, Mr James Davies, which is followed by a student-led tour of the School. The visit will conclude with the opportunity to talk informally with the Headmaster, Registrar and other staff. Visitor Mornings take up to 1.5 hours.

A WARM WELCOME FROM HEADMASTER JAMES DAVIES

 

 

A very warm welcome to Halliford School. Halliford is a school based on strong family values where we know and respect every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.

We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities. Read more >>

OUR ETHOS

 


  

Our Welcome to Halliford; a warm-hearted School based on strong family values where we are proud to know and be respectful of every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.
We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities.
As young Hallifordians we recognise that a child’s potential could lie anywhere - so we ensure that every student is exposed to a vast array of opportunities and experiences. We then pride ourselves on identifying and honing their strengths to make the most of their natural abilities, while working hard with them to develop any areas that might need further improvement.  We are able to offer small class sizes which enable personalised teaching and learning strategies suitable for our boys. Our co-educational Sixth Form then provides all our students with the skills to excel in a more independent environment as they prepare to continue their educational journey beyond the Halliford community. 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 10 June 2020

            

 

Our Upcoming Open Events are as follows:

Friday 25 June 2020, 9:30am

 

Open Days at Sherfield School are designed to let you experience our school ethos and warm, family-friendly atmosphere.

Meet the Headmaster and Senior Leadership Team, staff and pupils and take a walk around our beautiful school and facilities on a pupil guided tour. It's the perfect way to see our academic approach in action and how we develop a growth mindset.

To get a feel for everything happening at the school day-to-day, please like and follow our Facebook page and search our hashtag #SherfieldStories in advance of your visit. 

If you would like to view the school but couldn't attend our recent Open Day please contact [email protected] to arrange a private tour

  Scholarships

Throughout every year Sherfield School offers Academic, Creative, Performing Arts and Sporting Scholarships offering talented children the opportunity to contribute to, flourish and benefit from the ethos and life at the school.

If you would like to register for a Scholarship Day please click on the link below.

 

MISSION AND AIMS

 

      

Our motto at Sherfield School is ad vitam paramus – 'we prepare for life'. This sums up our aim for our school community. Our mission is to educate reliable, honest and responsible young people who are reflective, engaged and dynamic and ready for the challenges of modern life.

We help our students to develop not only their gifts, but also their character, teaching them to work both individually and collaboratively. Our pupils learn to respect one another, contribute to the life of the school and celebrate their successes together.

Our core values:
  

- Learning through Innovation

- Pursuing Excellence

- Global Citizenship

- Growing by Learning

 

GCSE Results 2019

Sherfield pupils once again made signifcantly better progress than the national average, with outstanding achievements in their GCSEs.

- 42% of grades were 9 to 7

- 93% pass rate including Maths and English

We are particularly pleased with the significant increase in pupils that have chosen Sherfield as their first choice for A-level study and we will be welcoming back more than double the number of Year 11 pupils compared with previous years, demonstrating once again that Sherfield is the place for serious Post 16 study.

 

A Level Results 2018

Pupils at Sherfield are celebrating significantly improved grades this year with some of the highest sixth form results ever.

- 36% of grades were an A* or A 

- 11% increase on last year of the very highest A* grade being awarded

- 100% of pupils passed 3 or more A Levels

- 20% of pupils achieved AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects

Our A Level progress score is 0.5 which means our pupils achieved grades 0.5 higher than they were expected to.For progress at A Level, Sherfield are 48th out of over 6000 schools and 31st out of over 700 independent schools.

 

St Joseph's College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 10 June 2020

NEW NATIONAL AWARD FOR WELLBEING

 

 

Following on from winning Independent School of the Year at the hotly contested TES Independent School Awards, St Joseph's is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2019 awards in the 'Wellbeing initiative of the Year' category. 

This award highlights "an impressive initiative to improve mental health".  Read more here

Head Andrew Colpus said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted once again for these prestigious awards. The wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance at St Joseph’s College and we are very pleased to be recognised as a leader amongst independent schools in this category.”

WHY SEND YOUR CHILD TO A FAITH SCHOOL?

 

Andrew Colpus, Headmaster, recently answered this question on the St Joseph's College Blog.

"Choosing a school for your child, whether primary or secondary, can be a minefield. Considering factors such as academic results, wider social and moral education, ethics, school reputation, class sizes, peers, facilities – the list is endless and mind boggling.

However, it can be argued that the most important thing is the environment that your child will be in. This is the heart of a school, the hub from which all other aspects radiate. Faith schools undoubtedly have a strong basis for this environment, an ethos that stems from the religious establishment. Read the full story here >>

     

 

 

Autumn Term Open Events:

Wednesday 23 September - Early Years Open Morning and Senior Open Morning

Thursday 1 October - Senior Open Evening

Tuesday 17 November - Early Years Open Morning and Senior Open Morning

 

Senior School events are for pupils joining the school at Year 7 or above. They start with a tour of the school followed by an address by the Headmaster, and the opportunity to talk to key members of staff. 

Early Years Open Mornings (9.30am - 11.00am) ) are for parents interested in our Early Years Centre, for children from the age of 3. These are informal occasions and all family members are welcome to accompany you.

Please contact the Admissions department on 0118 984 6909 or email [email protected] for more information on registration lists.

Primary
Last update: 18 May 2020