Reception, Years 1 and 2

Infants – Introduction

The Infant Departments at Highclare School have a strong reputation for ‘Achieving Individual Excellence’ for each pupil.

Highclare School has two Infant Departments, one based at Highclare Woodfield and one at Highclare St Paul’s. Both Departments offer the same high standards of education catering for boys and girls from Reception class to the end of J2 (Year 2).

Both sites provide a safe and secure environment, with perimeter fences and gated entrances. A full wrap-around care service, (TOPS), is offered for busy parents from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm, including breakfast and tea. A structured holiday scheme (TOPS), operates during all school holidays with the exception of Bank Holidays.

A healthy eating food policy is delivered on site by our catering staff and supported by caring lunchtime supervisors.

Pupils are encouraged from an early age to look after one another. A structure is in place in the Infant Department, using different strategies to recognise others’ pastoral needs, and awards are made for good playground behaviour.

Different reward systems such as ‘Good to be Green’ and ‘Golden Time’ are used in the Infant Departments to acknowledge pupil attainment for both curricular and extra-curricular activities and these awards, together with accompanying certificates, are presented at weekly Merit Assemblies. Talents in extra-curricular activities such as French, Ballet and sport are nurtured using award stickers.

The learning needs of individual children are recognised through regular staff meetings where information is shared, and particularly in the case of children moving from Pre-School to Reception, and from J2 to J3 (Infant to Juniors).

Your child is assured of a confident start to their education in the caring environment that is Highclare’s Infant Departments.

Infant School Life

The school day for our Infant children (Reception to J2) starts at 8.50 am and finishes at 3.25 pm. Our excellent wrap-around care service (TOPS) starts at 7.30 am and continues after school until 6.00 pm for those parents who wish to take advantage of this.

Our TOPS service also operates during all school holidays (with the exception of Bank Holidays and 1 week at Christmas) providing a comprehensive Care Scheme for all parents who need this service, and plenty of opportunity for fun and learning for children.
A positive attitude is fostered in the following way:

Healthy Eating

We have a healthy eating award in place from Reception to J2 and pupils are regularly assisted in making healthy choices when in the dining room.  Parents are able to view the lunch menus regularly on the VLE and on the notice boards.

Learning Support

Within school, on all three sites, there are Learning Support Co-ordinators who provide additional support for some pupils in areas such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and those with other educational or specific needs.