Curriculum

The school’s aim is to identify where children are in their understanding, knowledge and skills, then to help them progress as effectively as possible towards their fullest potential. Each child’s performance is reviewed regularly and their best efforts celebrated through progress reports and discussion with their Form Tutor or Personal Tutor. The Form Tutor tracks progress and any concerns are the remit of the subject teacher, Head of Department or Deputy Academic.

The 7s and 8s, the first two years of the Prep, are known as the Juniors. At this stage the children are with their Form Tutors for core subjects in the classrooms in the Cloisters. The Head of Juniors oversees the organisation and planning in this area of the school.

From the 9s onwards the children are taught by specialist subject teachers and have all of the excitement of expert subject knowledge brought to them. Pupils are assigned a Personal Tutor who will remain with the child for the remainder of their time at Swanbourne House; through regular formal meetings and frequent informal opportunities the tutors monitor the progress and well-being of their tutees.

Maths, English, French and Science are our core subjects and our academic programme is rigorous and embraces careful target setting for all and study skills for senior pupils. Other subjects in our broad curriculum include: Drama, Design & Technology, Music, Art, Religious Studies, PHSE, Latin (begun in 9s), Geography and History.

Prep (homework) is set throughout the school with a gradual increase in the amount and expectations for independent work from the children. In the 7s prep focuses on spellings, reading, times tables and some written English and Maths. From the 8s onwards the prep becomes subject based. In the 8s and 9s there is one half-hour prep set each evening, in the 10s, 11s and Top Year there are two. In Top Year a third prep is set under the title Extra Study on two evenings a week. From the 8s upwards children are able to do their prep in school which helps them to develop their independence in organisation and in the work itself.

At the age of thirteen, most of the children sit Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations to well-known Public Schools or Independent Schools.