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Huge drive on pastoral support. Thought catchers and anonymous worry boxes in most classrooms, and the girls are also encouraged to all talk together in the classroom setting about any issues worrying them. The curriculum is broad, and topics are brought to life via trips and tie-ups across departments: year 1’s letter writing was enhanced with a visit to the Postal Museum, while year 2 had a trip on the London Eye to bring their class reader, Claude in the City, to life then created their own London landmark models. As an all-through school, both pupils and staff have...

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What the school says...

At James Allen's Junior School we create an atmosphere of happiness and warmth in which children are motivated to work and play to the best of their abilities. Both inside and outside the classroom, we generate a sense of vitality and a conviction that learning is fun. Our pupils are refreshingly independent-minded and open-hearted. We teach children to think for themselves and they flourish academically because they learn to trust their own judgement. We foster the values of hard work, thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. James Allen's Junior School is a warm-hearted community where laughter is an essential part of the school day and where each child feels valued, happy and stimulated. ...Read more

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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 2022, Victoria Goodson MA, previously head of Sydenham High Prep School. Prior to this, deputy head (lower school) at Newton Prep for 12 years, head of Rowan Brae, Surrey and head of junior school at Tower House School, London. Degree from Durham, plus master’s in education leadership and management.

An advocate of all-girls’ schooling (having attended a girls’ school herself), she is cheery and friendly, with parents and staff alike speaking highly of her and the difference she’s making. ‘There’s a great warmth to her,’ said one. Staff told us she is ‘very pupil-centred and all about what’s best for the girls’. In between snatched chats with parents and pupils, and even receiving the odd hug from the girls, she told us she enjoys welcoming pupils...

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Special Education Needs

JAPS was praised in its last (2002) ISI Inspection Report for the 'excellence' of its provision for special needs. JAPS is extremely well resourced in terms of Learning Support and Enrichment teaching. In the Pre-Prep (4-7 year-old boys and girls), there is a SENCO for 3 days pw plus a further learning support teacher for 2.5 days pw In the Middle School (7-11 year-old girls) there is a qualified SENCO for 3 days pw plus 2 further Learning Support Teachers. There are 3 specialist rooms in the school as a whole dedicated to Special Needs/Learning Support.

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

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