Years 3-6

Meeting Individual Needs

  • An excellent pastoral system and a caring ethos welcome each child into the warmth of the schools’ family atmosphere.
  • A close home/school partnership strengthens the bond of trust between parents, pupils and staff.
  • A nurturing environment ensures stable secure surroundings in which each child can thrive.

Great emphasis is placed upon pastoral care seeking to nurture the potential of the whole child as an individual.  This is achieved through:

  • Clear moral values fostered by assemblies, circle time, and PSHCE
  • Very high behavioural expectations
  • Close partnership between teachers and parents
  • House system in junior department
  • Breadth and challenge beyond the classroom to complement the academic
  • Leadership opportunities and positions of responsibility including Head Boy and Head Girl, prefects, form captains, sports captains and house captains.
  • New pupils provided with peer mentors
  • Establishment of firm relationships based on trust

The spiritual awareness of each individual is fostered through:

  • Regular assemblies
  • Celebrating a wide range of Religious festivals and different cultures
  • Visiting Speakers
  • Circle time

School Standards and Expectations

Pupils are carefully guided towards a fulfilment of their personal goals through:

  • High expectations meeting and exceeding national guidelines
  • Opportunities for each child to meet individual targets through broad curriculum fulfilling their potential
  • Monitoring of teaching and learning through classroom observations
  • Monitoring of standards through subject specific curriculum monitoring

Dress standards

Pupils are encouraged to take pride in attending Highclare and in their appearance through high expectations of dress. They are supported by:

  • Regular uniform checks with positive rewards
  • Consistency, checking and monitoring of pupil dress by all staff
  • Partnership and support from parents ensuring smart appearance at all times
  • Staff as a role model

Standards of behaviour

  • To fulfil their academic and personal potential, high standards of behaviour are expected and rewarded.
  • A positive and calm atmosphere is encouraged throughout the school
  • Children adhere to Golden Rules and Code of Conduct
  • Classroom rules are agreed by staff and pupils
  • The promotion of reasoned discussion to think through and solve problems
  • Respecting everyone within the school community

Interpersonal skills

Pupils are encouraged to interact and develop a wide range of social and communication skills through:

  • Asemblies: regular whole school, department, house and class assemblies
  • School trips
  • Staff as role models
  • Speaking and listening curriculum
  • Drama
  • Circle time
  • Dealing with conflict
  • School performances

Teaching

  • Teaching is class based for core subjects
  • Specialised teaching in many areas
  • The promotion of an effective learning environment to promote personalised learning
  • Encouraging, positive and purposeful atmosphere
  • High expectations through praise, rewards and friendliness
  • Small classes provide more time and greater opportunity for individual attention
  • Differentiated work to cater for the needs of each individual child
  • Regular monitoring and assessment to inform future learning
  • A range of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are taught from Pre-School
  • Providing challenges and extension for gifted and able

Pupil participation

Pupils are encouraged to actively discuss and offer opinions about issues affecting themselves, their school and community and the world at large.

  • Pupil participation is an integral part of school community
  • School Council enables decision making
  • House and Sports’ captains run assemblies and plan challenges for the whole school