Every girl and boy achieves academic success at Clayesmore Prep by working at a level that suits their capabilities, in small classes, where they can benefit from plenty of individual attention amid the dynamics of class participation.
In Year 3 children move up to the Prep School. Your child will continue to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum, still with a strong academic core, leading, in Year 8, to Common Entrance and scholarship examinations. In Maths, English, Science, French and Latin boys and girls follow traditional syllabuses, taught in lively and interesting ways, with a sensible emphasis on learning to use technology. In other subjects, we follow a broad curriculum designed to ensure all our pupils are ready to start their GCSE courses when the time comes.
In Years 3 and 4, your child’s class teacher will look after their progress, but the children will be taught by specialist teachers in Art, Design & Technology, French, Games, Music and PE. From Year 5 the children are taught entirely by subject specialists. This is an exciting change for them and brings many benefits.
Computing and Design Technology are also incorporated into every child’s timetable. In Years 5 – 8 the children are taught entirely by subject specialist staff and Latin is taught to the top sets in Years 7 and 8. The setting and streaming system is a key feature of academic life, designed practically to provide a tailor-made education for each individual.
There is a wide range of sports available. Every pupil is given the opportunity to represent the school, and a number of pupils compete at county and above. Specialist music tuition in many instruments is a strength of the school: at least two thirds of pupils learn a musical instrument. The choir has around 50 members and every pupil sings regularly. There are many opportunities to develop and demonstrate musical skills with master classes, competitions and tours abroad. Drama classes and theatre performances allow pupils to achieve great success and there are a variety of additional specialist art classes to inspire our creative pupils.
The Tutor System
In Years 3 and 4, the form teacher takes principal responsibility for the pupils. When they move through to Year 5, the children start being taught by subject specialist teachers and this continues through to Year 8. Personal tutors are allocated to small groups in Year 5 through to Year 6, and then again in Years 7 and 8.
The role of the tutor is the lynchpin to the success and happiness of each pupil. Tutors are there to monitor academic progress and motivate pupils but, more importantly, to offer support on every level, including guidance and friendship whenever it is needed.
Pupils see their tutors twice a day and they ensure that all pupils are given enough time to get help, share their experiences and discuss any worries they may have.
Attitudes to Learning: The Clayesmore Compass
Communication, Consideration, Creativity and Courage
In addition to the formal curriculum we seek to develop in all our pupils the knowledge, skills, work habits and character traits that are essential for later success. Our “Attitudes to Learning” initiative embeds reflection and challenge, and discussion between the pupil, their teachers, tutor and parents makes this effective. These attitudes to learning lay the foundation for later success every bit as much as the formal curriculum. They will help your child become a thoughtful, resilient, mature learner, confident in tackling the unknown.