Take a handful of curiosity and enthusiasm, pour over creativity and thinking skills, season generously with sport, music, drama and a host of other activities, blend it with firm friendships and a dash of guidance and you have the perfect recipe.

 

Our junior school is a happy, buzzy place, which brings together pupils (boys have now joined our girls in Year 3 from September 2014) from all kinds of backgrounds in a close community. They have had varied educational experiences, both in Britain and around the world, so what you already know matters less than what you can learn.

'Every day is different – when I arrive, I wonder what I'll do today'

Whenever children join us, they quickly feel at home here, whether they arrive in Year 3 or Year 6 – and their horizons expand rapidly to take in science, new languages, a range of sports, musical instruments, drama, charity fund-raising and the closest of friendships. Since they automatically qualify for the senior school, these often strengthen into adulthood, as they grow up together.

This is a place where habits are formed for life – resilience, persistence, questioning and decisiveness among them. As preparation for an uncertain world, we want to make sure our pupils have more than just knowledge. An ability to think around problems and opportunities, make original connections and take carefully evaluated risks gives them a set of skills and habits that enable them to respond positively in the face of change and reach their potential.

In short, we teach them to think outside the traditional box of conventional education.

 Junior school news
  • Junior School marks First World War Centenary
    Although the events commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War were largely in the summer holiday, it was agreed that the Junior School would mark this special anniversary during the period of remembrance in November...
  • Year 5 Visit to the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory
    Wednesday 12 November saw a return visit to Cambridge University's Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory with a fresh batch of Year 5 students...
  • Year 3 Island Adventure
    The excitement in the library was almost tangible as Year 3 pupils from the Junior School and Dame Bradbury’s boarded the ‘SPF ship’ to embark upon ‘An Island Adventure’...
  • Year 4 Collaborative Project Day
    Year 4 pupils from Dame Bradbury's and the Junior School met up at the Saffron Walden site for a varied programme of four learning activities...
  • Barnardo's Day 2014
    Junior School pupils joined in with Barnardo's Day at the Stephen Perse Senior School and helped to raise a whopping £2,595 in one afternoon...

Learning with a difference - William Shakespeare

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Our programme of visiting speakers brings in individuals and groups to share fascinating careers/life stories , inspiring students, parents and alumni to think differently.

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