We seek to provide an academically challenging environment which is vibrant and stimulating. We have high expectations and ensure we provide appropriate support and ‘stretch’ for each girl, enabling her to achieve to her full potential.
Broadly speaking, whilst we incorporate much of the National Curriculum, we aim to enrich, stretch and challenge our girls well beyond this. This means that where possible we will be covering objectives at a higher level than the national expectations and, more importantly, will be adding breadth and depth. There is a progression from integrated topic-based learning up to Transition (Year 2), through to more discrete subjects by Upper Juniors (years 5 and 6). This is mirrored by an increase in specialist teaching.
We encourage our pupils to take ownership of their studies, fostering independence and instilling a lifelong love of learning. Girls have core lessons with their form teacher whilst also benefiting from specialist teaching in Music, PE, Drama, ICT, Science and Modern Foreign Languages. The curriculum takes advantage of cross curricular links as appropriate and teaching is strongly thematic in the younger years. This academic focus is complemented by The Abbey Learner Profile (ALP) framework which supports the development of wider learning and life skills (see below).
….and beyond the classroom:
There is much to enjoy and experience at The Abbey. Workshops and special themed weeks enrich the curriculum. A wide range of visits beyond the classroom promotes ‘real life’ learning and fosters an inquisitive nature about the world. A programme of residential trips begins in Year 3 (LI) with one night away and culminates in an outdoor adventure week in Cornwall for LIII (Year 6). Curriculum breadth is further enhanced by the many extra-curricular opportunities on offer to girls which allow them to take part in a wide variety of activities and discover new interests and talents – from Archaeology to Lego, from Yoga to Belle Plates.
We offer opportunities to exercise initiative and take responsibility for learning and decision-making. We actively promote teamwork and co-operation. Group working takes place in the classroom, in daily PE lessons, Music and Drama and on Residential trips. There are many leadership opportunities such as the School Council and service opportunities where girls lead their Houses in raising money for charity. All this engenders a ‘can do’ attitude. Performance opportunities abound at The Abbey, especially in Drama productions, and Form assemblies help the girls to develop confidence from a very early age.
The Abbey Junior School introduces girls to a multitude of competitive and recreational sports, with the aim of finding every girl a sport that she enjoys. The programme includes:
The musical life of the Junior School is rich and vibrant with girls encouraged to enjoy both listening to and performing music. In addition to curricular music girls enjoy:
There are many opportunities for girls to explore drama and develop the confidence that comes with performing in front of an audience. Opportunities include:
Our extended lunch break gives girls the opportunity to try their hand at just about anything in our diverse extra-curricular clubs which vary from term to term and year group to year group. Just a few examples are: