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High standards and expectations from staff and – especially – parents, but school makes sure pupils don't feel under pressure. 'There is a certain drive but the children are not aware of it,' a mum said. 'Bucket filling' is a principle introduced in year 1. The idea is that if we are kind and help others we make them feel good, ie 'fill up their bucket', while the opposite also applies. On our visit, year 2 children gathered in a purpose-built 'Hobbit hut' to be given their challenge: to capture spring by…

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What the school says...

The best way to appreciate the distinctive difference between BGS Infants and Juniors and every other school is to come for a visit. You will see for yourself what a happy place the school is and the enthusiasm each child brings to it every day.

Because we know what a big step their new start here will be, from the moment children arrive, we make sure they're comfortable and supported. Our aim is to help every child flourish, both in and out of the classroom. Each will have a particular interest or talent and whether that passion is mainstream or more unusual, we help them enjoy it.

We know that the years spent here in the Infant and Junior Schools are so important in providing a strong foundation for the step up to secondary education and a happy and fulfilling future. Our aim is for children to leave us as confident, independent thinkers with a love of learning who are ready to enjoy all the opportunities ahead. Do come and see us to discover for yourself what a very special place it is
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of junior school

Since September 2019, Heidi Hughes, previously head of the Royal High Junior School in Bath. Has also been deputy head of Royal Russell Junior School in Surrey and a member of management teams at British schools in Singapore and the Philippines. A PE specialist who can turn her hand to teaching most subjects.


Infants usually join in reception at age 4 following an informal assessment and a report from the child's current nursery. Entrants to junior school, mostly at year 3, sit tests in English and verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Expanded entry at start of year 5. Some financial assistance for highly academic pupils from low-income families through the Peloquin Award scholarships.

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Special Education Needs

We aim to accommodate and meet the needs of all pupils who gain places through our academic selection procedures. We have some experience of supporting able children with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and do this through collaboration with specialist teachers who visit the school. Regrettably our site is not wheelchair friendly and this may pose problems for children with specific physical difficulties, though our disability access planning will slowly improve this. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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