One of the most striking aspects of our Junior school is how evidently happy, bright and confident our pupils are. Junior children enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum, taught by subject-specialist teachers, which aims to nurture their interests and inspire a life-long love of learning.
Whilst striving for academic excellence, we also place high emphasis on developing our pupils’ personal qualities and extra-curricular skills so that they move on to the senior school as articulate, confident and motivated young people, ready for the next stage of their education.
As they learn and grow with us, Gad’s Hill children benefit from an exceptional level of pastoral care. Following the success of the junior school in recent years, we are fortunate to be a two-form entry school, with maximum class sizes of 20 children. These small class sizes support our personalised approach to teaching and nurturing the needs of each child, whilst also offering ample opportunities for children to socialise and forge friendships.
Junior school children enjoy taking part in a range of exciting trips and experiences each year, including west-end shows, residential trips, the annual cross-country race, carols in Rochester cathedral and the show-stopping junior production. A variety of clubs are on offer for junior pupils to further develop their extra-curricular skills and interests, the most popular of which have included cheerleading, shooting, climbing and karate.
To support children to develop their leadership skills, learning the importance of effective communication, problem-solving and personal integrity, children may be awarded various positions of responsibility across the junior school. These roles include our ambassadors, librarians, and school councillors. In Year 6, they may also be awarded the prestigious positions of Head of House or Head of School.
Being part of an all-through school means junior school pupils enjoy access to a wide range of facilities including our on-site theatre, science laboratories, extensive gymnasium, playing fields, jungle gym and AstroTurf. The Gad’s Hill community is a fantastic place for children and their families to be supported through big changes such as the transition from primary to secondary education. During the final years of their primary education here at Gad’s Hill, pupils enjoy increased opportunities to use senior school resources, discuss their future with senior school staff and feel reassured by the fact that they will already know a number of their peers who will be joining them in the senior school.
We value our strong working relationships with parents. Parents are able to contact teaching staff directly and families receive termly reports detailing children’s progress, achievements and targets. The Junior School newsletter, distributed weekly, summarises news of pupil awards and achievement and outlines diary dates for the coming week, as well as being an opportunity to share photos of the exciting experiences children may have enjoyed that week. To find out more of what we have been up to in the junior school recently, please see the previous editions of the newsletter below.