The Junior Department consists of four age-groups Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3 and Prep 4, equivalent to Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, serving boys between 7 and 11 years old. High standards of work and behaviour are expected and each individual is encouraged to give of his best at all times. Although emphasis is given to the thorough grounding needed in Reading, English and Mathematics we strive for excellence in all areas. There is a broad, balanced curriculum including the following subjects: Religious Education, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art/D.T., P.E./Games, I.C.T. and M.F.L.
Each form room has at least one computer and all classes share the new computer suite which provides machines for up to 24 pupils and access to an interactive whiteboard and restricted Internet sites.
Specialist teaching is used for P.E. and Games, Music, I.C.T. and French.
Juniors have a P.E. lesson and a games afternoon each week and there is also the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular sporting activities during lunchtime, after school and during holidays. Sports available to the boys include: soccer, rugby, cricket, cross-country running, athletics, gymnastics, tennis and golf. The school is justly proud of its sporting tradition and takes full part in local and regional tournaments, competitions and events, both amongst maintained and independent schools.
There are many opportunities for children to enjoy music. The infants have regular singing lessons incorporating the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Every form has two music sessions each week provided by specialist staff. All boys are encouraged to take up the recorder, which forms a sound basis for work on an orchestral instrument.
String, woodwind, brass, piano and guitar tuition is provided by peripatetic teachers on an individual basis and many of our children reach an impressive level of musicianship before they transfer to secondary school. We have an orchestra and various instrumental ensembles which meet to rehearse at lunchtimes and enjoy opportunities to play publicly at Christmas and in the summer concert. The annual Musical Evening and playing during assembly time, also provide a focus and an incentive for working hard on an instrument!