An education at S. Anselm’s is an education for life. High standards in the classroom, excellent manners, decency and consideration for others all combine to give our pupils essential preparation for their future.
We accommodate pupils of a wide range of ability and are proud to prepare our children for many different senior schools. As a ‘stand-alone’ prep school, we teach to a very high standard so that our pupils may move on to a school that most suits them, including some of the most prestigious schools in the country: Ampleforth, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Downe House, Eton College, Giggleswick, Harrow, Malvern, Oakham, Oundle, Queen Margaret’s (York), Repton, Rugby, St Edward’s (Oxford), Sedbergh, Shrewsbury, Tudor Hall, Uppingham, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey and many others.
Younger pupils in the Prep School are taught in the Junior Forms ensuring a firm grounding is reached by the end of Year 5.
The Junior Forms
The Junior Forms consist of Years 3, 4 and 5 where pupils are taught by form teachers within classrooms that are based in the heart of the school. The primary specialists plan closely together within year groups and as a department to deliver a rich, broad, stimulating and child-centred curriculum.
The form teacher delivers English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Religious Studies to their class. Where appropriate, setting in English, Spelling and Mathematics ensures that the children receive a curriculum that is catered especially to their individual needs. All pupils are taught an hour of English and an hour of Mathematics every morning.
French, Spanish, Art, Music, ICT, Drama, Physical Education, Swimming and Games are taught by specialist teachers with lessons taking place in different parts of the school.
The small class sizes ensure that staff have a good understanding of pupil progress and also an awareness of their social, cultural and moral development. The friendly and industrious atmosphere that is so evident in the department, together with high expectations, results in the pupils producing work of a very high standard.
Cross- curricular topics, themed days and weeks, excursions and visits to support topic work all help to enrich the children’s learning and make learning fun. Children are encouraged to express their ideas freely and have plenty of opportunities to develop into confident, well-rounded and independent individuals whilst under the direct care of their form teacher.
Saturday Morning School is optional for pupils in the Junior Forms. The mornings are very well attended and pupils have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities including Latin, Drama, ICT, Music, Art & Craft and Games.
From Year 6 onwards our pupils are taught by specialist subject teachers and learn to become more independent. Small classes allow for increased teacher attention and for children to learn at their own pace. Some setting is in place throughout the school but is very flexible, according to a child’s needs.
Subjects are explored in great depth, beyond the confines of the national curriculum, with French taught throughout the school, Latin from Year 5 and Spanish recently introduced. Teaching takes place not only in the classroom but in the ICT suite, the drama studio, the music block and the art room. We believe that creativity is the root of learning and that a child’s confidence is built through performance, through music and through art.
We are very proud of our academic record. Our Common Entrance grades are invariably outstanding with children gaining places at their first choice of senior school. Our scholarship successes are also a source of pride, not least given the increasingly competitive nature of awards.