Academic Curriculum


"The curriculum is outstanding. The areas of learning specified in the independent school standards are all met and significantly enhanced."
(Ofsted report 2016)

Infant Department

Foundation/Reception (for ages 4 to 5)

"Strong teaching engages pupils and inspires good learning. Assessment and recording procedures are outstanding"
Ofsted
This is our early years department and the starting point for children who join us as four year olds. Our children start to learn Number Work, Reading, Writing, Speech Development, Music, Art, PE, Design and Technology, Science and are introduced to computers; they do this through some structured learning and also through play. The Foundation/Reception classroom at Queenswood leads directly into a secured garden area, this allows the children to experience a learning environment both inside and outside the classroom. The time spent in our Foundation/Reception Class gives the children an invaluable start to their education as they start to learn and develop social and academic skills.

Earth Day 01

Preparing for the Earth Day celebration

Earth Day 02

Infants 1 and 2 (for ages 5 to 7)

Earth Day 03

Enjoying craft

"Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge and a high level of understanding of each individual and provide appropriate support"
Ofsted
The children's learning continues in line with subjects of the National Curriculum, with emphasis on Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Speech Development. They are also taught History, Science, Music, Games, Geography, Religious Education, Computers, Design and Technology, and PE.

Junior Department (for ages 7 to 11)

The emphasis continues on Mathematics and English, but the curriculum also broadens to give a sound and varied education, incorporating Science, Technology, French, International Relations, History, Geography, Music, PE, Religious Education, PSHE, Drama and ICT. Every child has access to computers, laptops and interactive whiteboards in each classroom, as well as a suite of computers in the Year 5/6 classroom.

Examinations in English, Mathematics "Teachers have high expectations of pupils. In return, pupils commit time and effort to learning and respond to their teacher’s expectations and trust in them"
Ofsted
and Science are held annually for Juniors so that progress may be monitored. Continuous assessments in the core subjects are undertaken by teaching staff so that all pupils, parents and staff are aware of each child's progress. Practice in both Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning is included, as this is a vital part of the selection process for future Grammar School entrance requirements.

Speech Day

Celebrating success at Speech Day

 

Junior Science Trip

A Science Trip for the Juniors

Science Workshop

At a Science Workshop

Last Year's Results

We are proud of our academic performances and in supporting our students to achieve the best of their abilities. Last year 100% of children achieved Level 4 Maths, Reading and Writing. 80% went on to achieve Level 5 Maths and Level 5 Reading; 60% achieved Level 5 Writing.

Last year our leavers achieved places at their first choice schools, including Heckmondwike Grammar School; in previous years our leavers have gone on to Bradford Grammar School, the Grammar School at Leeds, Wakefield Girls High School, Hipperholme Grammar School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, Silcoates School, Wakefield Independent School, Batley Grammar School, Fulneck School, Wakefield Academy and Gateways School, with several scholarships awarded by many of the schools.

Home/School Communication

During the first term of the new academic year we hold a Parents' Evening to discuss the child's progress, but we do encourage school/parent communication at all times. An end of term report is issued for all children, detailing the progress made in each subject; parents are asked to sign this before returning it to school at the start of the new term. The Juniors also have a record sheet which is taken home each month; parents have the opportunity to add their own comment. These are then returned to school and kept in the pupils' development folders.

Picture Gallery

Unicef Award

Finding out about rights for our Unicef award

Walk to School

Celebrating 'Walk to School Week

Earth Day 04

Finding out about rights for our Unicef award