Independent School in Essex
Being Head of the Lower School is extremely rewarding. Every year it’s lovely to watch how quickly our new boys and girls settle in and how happily they immerse themselves in the school community. And, as they progress through the school, it is wonderful to see them developing in confidence, exploring their talents and engaging with their learning.
I think this comes down to the thought we put into making sure that every child is happy. You can see it in our insistence on small class sizes, which allows our teachers to develop a close bond with each boy and girl. You can see it in the way we arrange for different year groups to work together, which makes the transitions between key stages so much more comfortable. And you can see it in our comprehensive programme of enrichment activities and school clubs, which make it so much easier for every child to identify their talents and enjoy exploring them.
The result is that everyone at the school feels that they matter – that they are cared for and supported. We look out for each other, and we celebrate each other’s successes. It’s a strong foundation that we build on with high-quality teaching and a wide curriculum to ensure that every child makes exceptional progress. It’s no coincidence, for example, that 81% of our Year 6 children exceed national expectations in reading, or that they consistently achieve excellent results in the 11+ examination.
I count myself lucky to see this spirit of happiness and shared endeavour every day, and I invite you to see it for yourself by arranging a visit. I would be delighted to show you around and to introduce you to some of our wonderful boys and girls – who truly are the best advert for the school.
Mrs Catherine Bickersteth
Head of Lower School