There about 20 boys in each form. The form teacher is primarily responsible for a boy’s pastoral care and will be the person in closest and most frequent contact with his parents. Parents’ Evenings are held in the Autumn and Spring Terms with grade cards at the end of term. At the end of the Summer Term boys receive a full written report.
Boys are allocated to one of four houses for purposes of sporting and other competitions, and to provide opportunities for social links vertically throughout the school. The Housemaster or Housemistress is also an important influence during a boy’s time at the Junior Branch. All members of the teaching staff share responsibility for the social, cultural and moral wellbeing of the boys in the school, and are supported by a full-time nurse, the school doctor, two part-time special needs teachers and three teaching assistants.
Boys have the opportunity to benefit from a range of leadership positions. Year 6 boys can opt to become Peer Mentors whose work is co-ordinated to help the younger boys. They can also become Prefects, if supported by enough teaching staff the Prefects have important duties to carry out and are ambassadors for the school. Each class elects a School Council rep, and the School Council enjoys a prestigious role in the strategic running of the school.
The Junior Branch (JB) has a very vibrant programme of clubs and activities, which run both before school, at lunch times and after school. Although the clubs programme changes from term to term, our current provision includes: Table Tennis (three mornings); Coding and Robotics (two mornings and one evening); English Extension; Maths Extension (separate groups for Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6), Science Extension; Maths Booster (separate groups for Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6); English Booster (three groups); Kidsquad (fitness, two mornings); Mandarin; Swimming; Photography; Oil Painting; Cookery; Garageband; German; Portuguese; ICT; Debating; Archaeology; Chess (two afternoons); Mad Science; Fencing; Karate; Dance and Running.
We also organise ski trips and field studies, along with form outings and visits to theatres, museums, lectures and exhibitions on a regular basis. We have residential trips to Norfolk (Year 6), a Rugby Tour (Autumn), an Art and Cultural Trip (the last one was to Nice; a Skiing Trip (Years 4-6 to Italy)); a Football Tour (Years 4 to 6 to Spain); a Year 4 Trip to France and a Golf Tour (to Spain).
The Choir, Orchestra and String Group rehearse weekly, and concerts and drama productions, involving boys at all levels of the School, are performed at various stages of the year. Individual tuition is available in a range of musical instruments.
In sport, boys in Years 3 and 4 have one games afternoon per week; Years 5 and 6 have two games afternoons. In the Autumn Term boys can choose between rugby and hockey as their main sport and between football and hockey in the Spring Term. In addition to major sports, boys participate in swimming, tennis, table tennis, athletics, cross country, biathlon and triathlon events. In all these activities our aim is to encourage participation from as wide an ability range as possible.