Pupils normally join us in Nursery or Reception and stay until they transfer to senior school after Year 6. Starting or changing school is a big step; we aim to work closely with parents to ensure that the transition when pupils join The Cavendish School is as smooth as possible. All our staff are experienced at ensuring that children are happy and secure and settle in well.
"This is a lovely place for our little girl to spend her days; we are delighted with her progress."
There are three phases to The Cavendish School, and pupils move seamlessly from one to the next. We do not prepare pupils for 7+. We prepare them very well for transfer to their secondary school at the end of Year 6 when we pride ourselves on helping each pupil to move on to the school where she will thrive.
"She can learn in a calm, stress free way."
We have small classes and excellent staff: pupil ratios. Pupils also benefit throughout the school from specialist teachers in French, music, PE, and educational learning support, with additional specialist teachers further up the school in science, art, Mandarin and Latin.
Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception)
During the EYFS in the Nursery and Reception year groups, we introduce children to Cavendish School life in a happy, secure and caring environment. Classes are extremely well-resourced with experienced, warm and welcoming staff. The vibrant and spacious environment the school has created for this age group is equipped to provide a wide range of creative and challenging activities for children, with reference to the EYFS curriculum and guidance, uniquely tailored for each child.
Planning of activities is carried out with reference to pupils’ interests, and parents are invited to share their knowledge of their children with our staff for this purpose. Pupil progress is closely observed and development recorded using Tapestry, an online learning journal to which parents have access for information and images of their own child.
We teach French from Nursery upwards with a specialist French teacher. Very young children welcome a modern foreign language as a natural element of their school life, while developing growing confidence and a good pronunciation. PE, music and (optional) ballet are also taught by specialist teachers from Nursery upwards.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
With pupils aged 5 to 7, the carefully structured, personalised programme continues to develop and becomes gradually more structured, building on the foundation of basic skills in English, handwriting, mathematics, literacy, science, geography, religious education (RE), history, music, art and computer studies. Great importance is attached to the acquisition of fluent reading and numeracy skills, with pupils learning to work cooperatively, frequently working in small groups within their classes at levels appropriate to each. At this stage pupils experience an increasing number of school trips and workshops, and it is now that many pupils begin individual instrumental and singing lessons.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) we build on the foundations of Years 1 and 2; now greater independence and positions of responsibility are encouraged. Specialist teaching is offered in science, art, Mandarin and Latin, while PE, music and drama continue to be an integral part of the daily life of the older children. English Speaking Board assessments take place. Important preparation for transfer to senior school continues.
"Ever since I was a teeny Year 1 girl, I have always really looked up to the Year 6 girls – especially the ones who were lucky enough to read out names in the Golden Book. Now I can hardly believe the reality – I am now one of those Year 6 giants (though I am actually still not that tall!). My absolute favourite part is that the little children all know my name and run up to me when they see me. Though my responsibilities are brilliant, I will be glad to see some of my other friends next term in the job I have really enjoyed." Head Girl