Wellow House School

Academic

We have built a well-deserved reputation for high academic standards through a dedicated, well-motivated and committed team of teachers who enthuse pupils through their passion and in-depth knowledge. Pupils are prepared for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations to a wide range of Senior Independent Schools, both boarding and day, and for entry to county Grammar Schools. Additional, individual tutoring is offered where required.

A continuous programme of assessment and regular progress reports to parents ensures that all our pupils achieve their true academic potential. Very able pupils are provided with an extra level of challenge and support, whilst those who find academic life particularly testing may receive the targeted, one-to-one specialist support they need to build confidence and maintain progress.

We support learning by combining traditional methods with modern technology such as iPads and interactive whiteboards.

PRE-PREP

The school buildings are in close proximity but are separated into ‘Pre-Prep’ and ‘Prep’. The Pre-Prep building contains Foundation Stage 1 to Year 2 classrooms and a smaller playground where children can play in the sandpit or with a multitude of toys and bikes.

The school day is Monday to Friday 8:50am to 3:30pm although Foundation Stage 1 pupils are often part-time and build up their attendance as they mature.

Foundation Stage: FS1 & FS2

3 to 5 year olds

The highly qualified teaching staff and excellent pupil/adult ratio ensure sound curriculum delivery and pastoral care. Our Heads of Pre-Prep each have the additional qualification of Early Years Professional Status.

Pupils follow a well-planned curriculum programme designed to achieve the early learning goals within seven key areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional development; Literacy; Communication and Language; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Physical development; and Expressive Arts and Design.

Key Stage One: Year 1 & 2

5 to 7 year olds

Literacy, Numeracy and Science are very much a priority at this stage of development. In addition, the following subjects are taught: History; Geography; ICT (Information Communication Technology); Art and Design; Gymnastics and Dance; Swimming; Games; Music; Religious Studies; and French.

The transition to Prep School starts in Year 2 with specific subjects being taught by subject specialist Prep-School teachers.

Fun after-school clubs exist.

PREP-SCHOOL

The Year 3 classroom is cosily situated between the staffroom and reception to support pupils through the transition to Prep. Years 3 to 8 get the benefit at break time of extensive playing fields, an all-weather football surface and hard surfaced playground with traditional toys like hoops and skipping ropes.

The school day is Monday to Friday 8:45am to 5:00pm. There is also optional Saturday school from 9:25am to 12:00pm for pupils from Year 5. Saturdays are focussed on extra-curricular activities.

Key Stage Two: Year 3 to 6

7 to 11 year olds

Children in Year 3 are supported through the transition to Prep, ‘The Bridge’, period by having a Form Teacher for their core subjects and benefit from subject specialism in the remaining subjects. Science is covered separately as Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

From Year 4 onwards the pupils are taught by subject specialists and move beyond the National Curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 2, adding Latin to their programme of study from Year 6. Here they are encouraged to make the most of the programme of extra-curricular activities after school.

All pupils are encouraged to participate in inter-house competitions and sports fixtures with other schools, along with concerts, drama productions, musical groups and ensembles.

Key Stage Three: Year 7 and 8

11 to 13 year olds

The Wellow House School curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum but isn’t limited by its scope. The addition of Classics and Scholarship preparation enable more able students to outstrip the National Curriculum by up to two years. The Wellow House subject files contain comprehensive courses of work taking pupils beyond KS3, having the advantage of not being shackled to bought in text books. Many old Wellovians testify to their files’ efficacy by using them at A level.

As the pupils build towards Scholarship and Common Entrance examinations, their educational experiences are enriched with investigations and research in Science, History and Geography, including field trips. They also enjoy many theatre trips to encourage a love of the Arts.