Children achieve extraordinary things at St Andrew’s. We are proud of the breadth and excellence of our curriculum and co-curricular activities. Every day our children explore new frontiers; putting on spectacular plays, competing in teams locally, regionally and nationally, working hard to gain places in some of the country’s leading schools or raising monies for charity. Other quieter successes make us equally proud and happen every day – perhaps a fear is overcome or something new attempted.
But what is a broad curriculum?
From an early age, children are taught by experienced teachers in each subject area, with specialist teaching for Drama, Music and Sport. The majority of our older children play instruments and there is a fabulous mix of musical groups to join. Sports teams start from Year 3 and we want all the children to wear the school shirt. Our top teams regularly compete in county and national competitions. There are two big school productions each year for Years 5 to 8 and many other smaller productions in house or participation in local dramatic events. Our wide range of co-curricular activities enable children to develop and pursue passions and interests.
In the Pre-Prep and now the Junior Department, the children love going to the Forest School and Beach School to enhance their studies and have fun. Both the Nursery and the Pre-Prep are able to enjoy all the facilities available to the Prep School, including vast playing fields, a swimming pool, music department and several outdoor play areas.
In the classroom children are stretched and many go on to take scholarships for senior schools. Having a genuine choice of senior schools at thirteen is important and allows parents to find a school that is right for their child.
Boarding is integral to the school offering a friendly, family atmosphere which is very important for children experiencing their first taste of boarding and it is a very good introduction to boarding in preparation for a child’s move to their senior school. There is an active and purposeful schedule for boarders in the evenings and at weekends. Children foster friendships, become integrated and contribute to the school.
We provide the children with the environment, support and resources to learn and develop and above all it is the potential and character of each individual that we seek to nurture daily at St Andrew’s. The confidence, happiness and fulfilment of every child is our absolute priority so that they can flourish both at school and beyond.