Structure of the School
The class size is approximately twenty two but the ratio of pupils to adults is about ten to one. The Lower School (Reception to Year 3), takes girls aged four to eight and the Upper School (Years 4 to 6), girls aged eight to eleven.
There is one form in each of Reception, and Years 1 and 2. After the 7+ intake there are three classes in each of Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, with a total year group of about sixty girls.
Each year the classes are "remixed" so that all the girls are eventually educated alongside everyone else in the year group. At the end of each year girls are asked for a list of six friends they would like to be with in a class. We do our best to ensure that each child has at least one friend from her list in her new class, whilst also ensuring that each class has a good mix of academic abilities, confident and quieter personalities as well as a representation of a variety of different talents. We never stream or set.
Girls are assigned to classes each with a form teacher who is responsible for their pastoral care and matters of organisation. The children are taught both by their form teachers and specialist teachers in a variety of subjects. As the girls get older they might only be taught by their own form teacher for a few lessons each week depending on the specialism of that teacher. Younger children have the majority of their lessons taught by their own form teachers.