Claremont life centres on a broad and balanced curriculum designed and developed by a well qualified teaching staff. The aim is not only to equip pupils for future examinations, but to teach a breadth of skills which will serve them well in their future lives.
The Claremont curriculum is tailored to the needs, interests and future aspirations of each individual pupil. While the National Curriculum is a useful starting point, departments will adapt and enhance their programmes of study to ensure that every pupil is motivated, inspired and challenged. In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, the Claremont syllabus includes French, Spanish, History, Geography, IT, Art and Design, Music, Drama and PE.
Many of our staff are secondary school trained, so they are very well placed to introduce GCSE work to children higher up the school. This helps to identify worries and anxieties early, build self-esteem and resilience and to instil the notion that formal examinations are just one part of school life, and with the right preparation, everyone can fully showcase their skills and knowledge. With the introduction of a six year curriculum in 2019, we are at the start of a journey in which we will be able to prepare children even more fully for the challenges of GCSE, regardless of the senior school they attend. This doesn’t mean that they will be locked into an exam regime simply focussing on ‘how to pass’, they will also learn about the process of mental and physical preparation, the importance of both working hard and playing hard and how to control any fears they may have so that by the time they get to Year 11, they are calm, prepared, self assured and keen to take on the challenge.
It is testament to the excellent preparation children receive at the Prep School that so many of them gain senior school scholarships and notable awards in the fields of Academia, Sport and the Arts. At thirteen, boys and girls leave us with a strong sense of responsibility to themselves and others, many happy memories, friendships for life, and a range of skills that will ensure they continue to flourish in the years ahead. In short, they are ready!