Breadth and balance are just two features of a St Andrew’s education.
With the broad curriculum on offer we are able to create a strong blend of academic, artistic, dramatic, musical and sporting experiences for all children.
In Years 3 and 4 children are taught in their classes by a class teacher for English, Science, History, Geography, PSHE and TPR (Theology, Philosophy and Religion) with specialist teachers taking them for Art, Computing, Design Technology, French, Music, PE, Swimming and Games. They are taught Maths in sets based on ability from Year 3 upwards.
In Year 5, the children move around the school more as the majority of lessons are now taught by subject specialist teachers; they also begin Latin and Drama. Children still have a Tutor who will see them at the start of each day and at several other times during the week. In Year 5, co-curricular activities are also introduced into the timetable.
From Year 6 upwards, children are set by ability in English, Maths, French, Latin and Science. Other subjects are taught in these sets but this varies from year to year, for instance in Year 8 Geography and History are taught in English sets. PSHE, Drama and Computing are taught in mixed ability groups throughout the school.
From Year 5 upwards, children whose first language is not English attend specialist EAL lessons instead of studying French and Latin.
Children in Years 3 and 4 have a small amount of homework but from Year 5 upwards this is built into the timetable as prep lessons. This is supervised by the teacher but it is a lesson of independent study. There may, at times, be a small amount of work brought home, usually in advance of a test or to catch up on work missed through illness or another event. For the majority of the time though, children in Years 5 – 8 should have finished all their work at school before they go home.