“The school provides a broad curriculum for all ages and abilities.” – ISI Inspection Report 2016
The academic curriculum at Winterfold follows the National Curriculum but offers more flexibility and choice. The progress of each child is continuously assessed and recorded and parents receive regular reports.
Winterfold is extremely keen to encourage academic excellence and will foster this as soon as it is spotted, but there is no question of ‘cramming’. We take time to make sure that all children have solid foundations for their learning and are fully secure in their knowledge and understanding of the syllabus. The preparation they receive is designed to qualify them for entry to whichever senior school they may choose and we have very high success levels. Children with exceptional ability will probably take scholarship examinations to their senior schools and in the last six years, our pupils have gained a fantastic 49 academic awards to senior schools.
Children will normally sit entrance exams and tests for their senior school at the appropriate time in Mathematics and English, and some or all of: French, Verbal Reasoning, Latin, Science, History, Geography, and Religious Education. In addition to these examinable subjects, Art, Music, IT, Design and Technology, Drama and Physical Education also play a part of the school curriculum, without compromising our high standards of literacy and numeracy. There are two fully-equipped Information Technology rooms where children are taught computing as part of the weekly timetable, and computers have become an integral part of the educational process; one is as likely to find a form of Geographers there compiling a traffic survey as children being taught the ins and out of desktop publishing! We do everything we can to encourage private reading and an interest in books, and the School Library has a comprehensive resource and reference facility, with CD ROM support, as well as a comfortable reading area for stories. The purpose built Art and Design and Technology classrooms encourage children to develop new skills and follow their creative and practical interests and our Performing Arts Centre and Music practice rooms are in constant use.