Red House is a small school and many parents value this. It is, however, an inevitable consequence of our small size that we cannot seek to be all things to all people. For this reason we have to be selective.
In the Senior School we offer a curriculum which usually leads to at least 9 or 10 GCSEs with teaching targeted at grades 4-9 (previously grades C-A*). All pupils entering the school must have the potential to access this curriculum.
Children wishing to join the Junior School will be assessed on their academic potential, using age appropriate activities, before a place in the school can be confirmed. This assessment is not normally competitive except for entry to Year 7 where demand for any places is high.
The vast majority of pupils joining Red House go right through the school from Nursery to GCSE.
Nursery pupils are accommodated in their own area. Our Nursery is led by a highly qualified Early Years teacher, supported by experienced and qualified (Level 3 and above) nursery assistants. On entry, children are assigned a Key Person who maintains close contact with the child’s family.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) pupils follow a programme of activities which is appropriate to their educational needs and learning which is outlined in the EYFS Statutory Framework; namely the three prime areas of communication and language, physical development, personal social and emotional development and the four specific areas of literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. French is also introduced.
In Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2), pupils study Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art & DT, French, cross curricular topics and PSHE. Music is taught by a music specialist.
In Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4), pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, French, ICT, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art & DT, cross curricular topics and PSHE. PE is taught by specialist staff and both year groups combine for their Games lesson on the Senior School site. In addition, Year 4 pupils participate in swimming lessons.
Pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6), have an extra period at school each day. This enables, in addition to the subjects studied in Year 4, pupils to have two afternoons of Games. Year 6 are based at the Senior School and benefit from specialist teaching in French, Design & Technology, Art, Music and Sports.
At Red House we focus on learning not testing. Our measure of success is far more than test results. Our pupils do not sit the government’s Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs), which we believe place unnecessary pressures on young children and restricts their learning experience.
Assessment for learning is important. Our teachers regularly assess both potential and progress, allowing us to tailor our teaching to address the individual needs of the children. However, testing is not our focus; meeting the needs of the children is.