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Fantastic and inclusive junior choir performs in concerts and all children aged 3 to 11 are involved in the school shows. For the specialists, there are two highly-regarded sets of choristers, one for boys and one for girls. Drama, dance, art and sport also flourishing, and ethos is welcoming. School embraces the Forest Schools Initiative - children in years 1 and 2 learn to eg build shelters and cook on open fires.

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What the school says...

Known for its creativity, the school provides an inspiring education set in a musically alive and beautiful environment as a brilliant foundation for life. The Junior School, for pupils aged 3-11, aims to provide a rich experience for all pupils. Approximately 20 pupils are Cathedral choristers or specialist musicians who attend the school as part of the government's music and dance scheme.

The arts are an important part of school life with 24% of curriculum time being devoted to art, dance, drama, and music. The school takes a musical to the Edinburgh Fringe every other year and performs many high profile concerts during the year. An annual arts week is a feature of the school. Sport is an important part of pupils' development and fixtures are played at all ages and in all the major sports against neighbouring schools. The vast majority of pupils move seemlessly onto the senior school at Year 7.
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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

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.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since April 2014, Mrs Julie Barrow. A longstanding member of the junior school staff, and still very much involved in the day to day delivery of the curriculum at all levels of both pre-prep and prep. Her appointment has delighted parents. ‘The school is thriving under her care,’ wrote one parent, ‘she is down to earth, has a great sense of humour and clear leadership skills. She also has a truly professional and committed team around her.’ Another grateful mother added, ‘Mrs Barrow is the most wonderful, kind and caring head teacher. She is always approachable, and in every instance the child comes first.’


Informal assessment for the pre-prep plus meeting with its head, Janet Bennett. At junior level, more formal tests but still ‘friendly’. Chorister auditions held in January each year. School happy to...

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Special Education Needs

Additional support is provided for pupils who may be having some difficulty with their learning. Small group tuition and individual lessons are available for pupils from Years 2 - 6. The school's SENCO assesses children if the class teachers feel there are issues in a child's development which may require additional support. For talented pupils there are separate educational programmes for gifted musicians (the school is one of the four specialist music schools in England supported by the government’s Music and Dance Scheme) and Cathedral choristers. Work within class is also geared to stretch the most able pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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