Welcome to the Junior School

In the Junior School, we understand the importance of enthusing girls and instilling self-confidence.  Our aim is to ensure that each child develops in an atmosphere where they feel safe, valued and respected and one in which they are happy and challenged.  Every child has the opportunity to discover new talents and develop friendships and relationships which will enable them to grow with confidence as they move through to the Senior School.

We have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and teaching assistants who care for the children and encourage them in all aspects of their education and development.  Every class has a form teacher who provides the key link between the home and school.

Our curriculum provides extensive opportunities for children to develop their individual talents and a genuine enjoyment of learning and school life. Educational visits, workshops, themed days and, for the older children residential trips, enhance the pupil’s learning experience. We offer a rich and varied extra-curricular programme and children are encouraged to embrace the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life. We are fortunate enough to have thirteen acres of grounds which provide an outdoor classroom as well as on-site athletics, tennis, netball, and hockey facilities.

School lunches are prepared and freshly cooked on the premises and offer a range of meals including a vegetarian option, salads, sandwiches, as well as desserts and fresh fruit. Lunch is eaten in one of the two the school refectories. In addition there is a Breakfast Club serving breakfast from 8 a.m. and an Ofsted registered After School Club offering extended care for children until 6 p.m.  


The Nursery and Prep Classes

The Nursery is housed in its own purpose built accommodation and caters for boys and girls aged 3 to 4 years of age. The Nursery has a well-equipped outdoor play area as well as access to the school grounds including the Meadow. (Please see the EYFS section of our website for further information about the Nursery and Prep I.)

The Prep classes are housed in their own building and the girls have their own large playground. This area is protected by security gates and CCTV and access to the playground and classrooms is by security code.  In fine weather, the children use the Meadow as a location for play as well as for sports and outdoor learning. Visits to the Meadow are enhanced by the wooden play equipment which encourages imaginative play as well as physical development. 

Typically there are 24 children in each Prep class. The curriculum is delivered by the form teacher, and the emphasis in these early years is on developing the girls' creativity and curiosity and providing a firm foundation in literacy, numeracy and personal skills. The girls are taught by specialist teachers for Music and P.E. and have use of the ICT, Art, Music and Sports facilities in the main school building.

A close partnership is fostered with parents through regular communication.  In addition to Parents' Evenings and Information Evenings, reports are sent home twice a year. Parents are welcome to make individual appointments with any member of staff to discuss their daughter’s progress.

Music and sport play an important role in St Augustine’s right from the start, with gymnastics, movement to music, ball games and athletics enjoyed by the younger girls. After school activities include ballet, football and gymnastics, all of which are taught by visiting professionals. In Prep III, the girls can begin private tuition for the violin, cello, fife or piano.


The Junior Classes

The newly built Clock House is home for the Lower Junior classes, whilst the Upper Junior classes are housed on the ground floor of the main school building.

The core curriculum continues to be taught by the form teacher, but there is an increasing number of subjects taught by specialist teachers. The children have use of the newly refurbished Junior ICT suite, their own Music and Drama room and Science lessons are held in the laboratories of the recently built Science Block. Children entertain parents and showcase their talents in concerts and Drama productions and there are regular visits to theatres, museums and art galleries.

A close partnership is fostered with parents through regular communication.  In addition to Parents' Evenings and Information Evenings, reports are sent home twice a year. Parents are welcome to make individual appointments with any member of staff to discuss their daughter’s progress.

 

Girls have the opportunity to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities which take place at lunchtime or after School. These include various ensembles, choirs, orchestras, karate, board games and debating clubs. Sporting activities include gymnastics, team games in netball, hockey, football and rounders. We also offer tennis, cross-country and athletics and our floodlit all-weather hockey pitch and netball court are called into frequent use for interschool matches at the end of the day. Girls in Lower I - Lower II have swimming lessons at the local swimming pool and our swimming squad competes regularly against other schools. These activities also run in parallel with a diverse programme of workshops by visiting subject specialists, speakers, musicians and facilitators.