Academic Overview

Stewart House (Ages 4-6)

In our small classes our enthusiastic and highly qualified staff ensure every child is happily absorbed and gaining an appetite for knowledge. Academic focus at this stage is on numeracy and literacy. Topic work allows for exciting exploration of the Humanities and Science.

Self expression and creativity are fostered through music, drama and assemblies, while physical skills are developed through ball play, balance, movement and dance. Our broad curriculum is enhanced with Information Communication Technology (ICT), Spanish, Music and Physical Education. Spiritual awareness and an experience of other cultures are part of our Christian foundation. Teaching outside the classroom is enjoyed by all and includes trips to our forest classroom, Hatfield Forest, local museums and Hedingham Castle. Weekly swimming lessons taught in small groups allow our children to become confident in this essential life skill.

Effort is rewarded as much as attainment and every achievement is recognised. Pupils are very proud to receive stars or a Gold Book Award for outstanding achievement. Learning certificates are also awarded for children who focus on the school’s Language of Learning.


Ffrome Court  (Ages 7-8) 

In Ffrome Court, children begin to find out about themselves and how they learn best. Differentiated teaching means that each child works happily to maximise his or her learning and individual potential. Learning support is available for those who need extra help while extension work develops those who relish further challenges. In Year 3, dedicated class teachers introduce pupils to the higher expectations of the Preparatory School. For some core subjects and activities, children are mixed across the year group, expanding their
social horizons. In addition to their own dedicated class teacher, Year 4 pupils begin to leave their classrooms for the environments of specialist subject teachers. Personal timetables introduce a degree of independence and, as the curriculum broadens, the children’s learning takes them out into the world. Trips are arranged, for example, to the British Museum and Colchester Castle, bringing to life their studies in History.

Cloisters (Ages 9-10)

Children in Cloisters have already begun to find out about themselves and how they learn best. Differentiated teaching continues here, with all children having their own personal timetable and being encouraged to work happily towards maximising their own learning and reaching their individual potential.

The Very Able Pupil Programme stretches those who require advancement in certain subjects while Learning Support is on hand for those who need extra help. Commendations are awarded for effort and quality relative to ability, and these count towards the end of term individual and League totals. Regular formal and informal feedback is provided to parents as well as pupils. These approaches encourage individual and team performance. Dedicated Form Tutors get to know each child very well during tutor time, monitoring all round progress and well-being. All subjects at this stage are taught by specialist teachers in dedicated teaching environments. A carefully structured timetable prioritises literacy and numeracy but also allows ample time to study a broad curriculum that includes ICT, Spanish, Science, Humanities, Art, Drama, Sport and Music. The curriculum also allows for all prep (homework) to be completed within the school day so home time is family time.


Courtauld House (Ages 11-13)

Pupils work through a rewarding and demanding programme of study (Key Stage 3) in many different subjects in order to be able to take the Common Entrance Examinations at the age of 13. The children plan and manage their own workload using homework and carefully prepared revision programmes to help them achieve individual work habits which suit their style of learning and their needs. All children move on to the next chosen stage of their education at 13 with the majority entering Felsted School.

The core subjects in the curriculum are English, Mathematics, Spanish, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Music, PE, Art and Design Technology. Latin, French and German are also offered from 11+.