Lower Junior School
The Lower Juniors (Years 3 and 4) are situated on the main school site and benefit greatly from from our Connected Curriculum; a provision unique to the School and which ensures the very best in teaching and learning. Traditional subjects are taught alongside French, cookery, textiles, philosophy and performing arts, within exciting and inspirational topics and themes. The children are encouraged to be independent learners and we expect every child to be fully involved and engaged in their own learning.
Pupils in the Lower Juniors become part of the very popular and exciting House System and are able to choose from a wider range of co-curricular opportunities. The children can take on extra responsibilities such as Form Representative or Pupil Councillor and may receive Honours Books or House Points as a reward for good work, effort or behaviour. There is also a special reward system for reading, which encourages and develops a love of reading in an exciting and challenging way.
All Year 3 children are given a stringed instrument and a term’s free tuition as part of our innovative Strings Scheme and are encouraged to join one of our many musical groups and boys may wish to be considered for the Cathedral Choir. In Year 4 we run a Brass Scheme, again with an instrument and lessons provided free of charge for a term. You can find out more about the outstanding Music programme at the Junior School by clicking here.
Boys and girls are taught separately for Games at either Governor’s Green or at our extensive playing fields at Hilsea. A comprehensive fixture list is introduced and a Saturday morning sports session is available to all Junior pupils. More information on our sport for all programme may be found by clicking here.
Educational trips and visits continue to enrich our curriculum at Years 3 and 4, with the additional fun and challenge of residential trips. Year 4 pupils also receive an exciting and exhilarating week of sailing tuition as part of their wider learning experience.
Years 5 and 6 enjoy the unique surroundings of the Victorian former school house, constituting a school within a school. The transition to their own site gives the children moving into Year 5 a greater sense of independence and maturity, and prepares them well for the move to the Senior School at the end of Year 6. Within the Upper Junior School building there are many specialist teaching rooms, including drama and dance studios, a science lab, cookery room, textile room, and a stunning art and design technology space. These unique spaces enable the Connected Curriculum to be delivered in an enriched and exciting way ensuring that by the end of Year 6 our pupils are generally exceeding national expectations by some margin.
The Upper Juniors benefit from a vast range of co-curricular opportunities, trips and visits; learning many new skills and developing a broader understanding of the world around them. There are also additional opportunities to take on extra responsibilities vital for personal development, including roles as Librarians, School and House Monitors, Team Captains and, of course, Head Boy and Girl, in Year 6. All responsibilities are rotated on a termly basis to give all pupils the chance to be involved.
Pupils’ happiness and well being are the responsibility of the Form Teacher and a number of Teaching Assistants help support teaching, learning and pastoral care.
Throughout the Juniors all pupils are expected to achieve their potential and are set personal challenges in order to help them achieve this. For those less able, there is a comprehensive Learning Support system in place and an equally effective programme for our gifted and talented pupils. Every child is supported and prepared for the transition to the Senior School with the vast majority moving up into Year 7. Transition to the Senior School is based on a programme of continuous assessment and rewards children for their hard work, attainment and achievements over their time in the Junior School.