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Spacious, well-resourced classrooms with colourful displays throughout. Outdoor classroom – a wildlife study area, the Gingko meadow...Weekly award for children who have shown especially positive qualities in memory of former deputy head boy who died at 12 years...

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At Kings Infant & Junior Division, the Kings ethos pervades all that we do: our pupils have high aspirations, are encouraged to be curious and creative and, most importantly, to enjoy everything that school life has to offer.

We provide a happy, secure and purposeful environment in which our pupils flourish. Our children are nurtured in small classes with inspirational teachers, as they embark on their journey of learning at school. Our facilities are spectacular and there is so much on offer that we would encourage you to come and see us either at an Open Event or during a normal working day. Only then will you really get a feel for what makes our school truly unique and very special. ...Read more

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Principal

Since September 2018, Rachel Cookson, previously head of lower school at Queen's Chester. Degree in modern languages from Southbank University and a PGCE in primary and early years education. Taught at state primary schools in Bristol and Macclesfield, then joined the original infant team here, where she helped to set up the new division and stayed for 13 years. Moved to Terra Nova Prep as head of EYFS then head of pre-prep and nursery before joining Queen's. Husband is a company director; two sons.

Entrance

Infants' (3-7 years) places offered by date of application (registration from birth). Juniors: full day at school in January – assessment in literacy, numeracy and VR in morning (looking for above average ability), afternoon activities with a regular class. Before this, report on academic progress, interests and potential requested from current head. Numbers rise in years 3-6 – some influx from state schools, often in year 5. External candidates who join King’s Juniors before or at the start of year 5 no longer need to sit the 11+ entrance exam for transfer to senior school.

Exit

Virtually all to senior school – external candidates (including those starting at the Junior School after the October half-term of year 5) need to sit entrance exam.

Our view

Achieves well above national average in reading, writing and maths at key stages 1 and 2 (covers national curriculum with extras); sets for maths all years; more specialist teaching in juniors – French, music and and sport; homework from year 3. Infants do EYFS curriculum plus French and music – all achieve expected level for age and many achieve higher. Emphasis on developing learning and independent thinking skills. No noticeable gender gap, though girls tend to do better at writing, boys at maths – lots of extra reading and writing activities for boys to develop skills, more boys at level 6 in literacy recently. Max class size 20-24 – may split into smaller groups for focus work. Happy, lively children wearing version of senior school uniform.

Spacious, well resourced classrooms with colourful displays throughout. Extensive grounds overlooking hills; uses main site facilities – assembly hall, IT suite, library. Outdoor classroom – a wildlife study area, the Gingko meadow. Charming play area for EYFS with little willow beehives (for children, not bees). Several activity days and trips. Infant and junior division learning support co-ordinators overseen by foundation head of learning support – planning to screen all for dyslexia at 7 years and provide EAL support for all years.

Strong sport – the usuals plus cross-country, trampolining, swimming and athletics, much success in local and regional competitions, national success at trampolining, plenty of chances to represent school. Christmas single made to raise funds for school in Kenya (video on YouTube); various ensembles, including guitar; summer music festival; jazz dance group. Years 5-6 production of Guys and Dolls (ambitious). Art and DT in darkish Portakabin (school says light on a sunny day), plus well stocked junior library and separate infant library area.

Wide choice of lunchtime clubs, eg chess, Latin, science, golf. Junior clubs in school day run by teachers – eg puzzle,drama, construction. After-school sports practices run by staff plus some after-school clubs run by external agencies (with charge), eg golf, Spanish, drama. Optional activity holidays in France, Shrewsbury and Derbyshire; biennial ski trip.

Breakfast club from 8am, after-school service 3.45-6pm (at extra cost). Flexible pre-school for 3 year olds – half/whole day, holidays too: happy little tots in mini versions of school uniform.

We were pleased to see the 'every child matters' values displayed in the cheerful entrance hall – be healthy, make a positive contribution, enjoy and achieve, economic wellbeing, staying safe. Weekly award for children who have shown especially positive qualities in memory of former deputy head boy who died at 12 years. School council. Older pupils do reading work with juniors, helps transition to senior school. Infants have playtime buddy system – year 2 helpers in red caps, plus 'buddy bench'.

Mostly white British, some Europeans (business families working for locally based AstraZeneka, also commuter belt for airline companies at Manchester Airport) – very happy parents. Thriving lowest segment of King's diamond structure.

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