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 Maths and English homework. From Year 5 upwards some of the prep lessons are built into the timetable and then the children will have two preps to complete at the weekend. There may, at times, also be other tasks brought home, usually in advance of a test or to catch up on work missed through illness or another event.
The Bridge Curriculum is an exciting new initiative which came into force in September 2019 for those children in Year 7. The curriculum aims to take the best bits of the Common Entrance Syllabus and the best bits of the National Curriculum along with other things which we feel that the children should be studying. The curriculum has been carefully coordinated with Heads of Subjects at Eastbourne College to provide better progression between Years 8 and 9 and to prevent duplication of topics in subjects such as the humanities. These children will be the first cohort of St Andrew’s pupils who will no longer sit Common Entrance at the end of Year 8. They will still sit a set of exams but these will be tailored to the new curriculum and the emphasis of Years 7 and 8 will move away from preparation for exams and, instead, the exams will now form part of continuous assessment across the two years. At the end of each year children will have a certificate which shows the grades they have gained in the end of year exams alongside a grade for everything else they have done during the year, such as project work, end of unit tests and presentations. Those children who are potential academic scholars to their Senior School will follow the Bridge Curriculum in Year 7 but will then follow a modified curriculum in Year 8 in order to prepare them fully for the scholarship exams.