Middle School Department
Head of Middle School: Mr. Brendan Flavin
Our aim is to provide children in Years 3 and 4 with an excellent education in a caring and enriching environment, in order to reach their full potential. We strive to nurture and develop well-rounded, capable and caring individuals and to give children the skills, knowledge and attitudes to lead a rich and fulfilling life. We believe that enjoyment and willingness to learn are key factors in your child’s success at school. In addition to the core mainstream subjects, specialist lessons are delivered by subject teachers in Arabic, P.E. and Music. Muslim pupils also have Islamic Studies lessons.
We encourage confidence, independence and resilience in all our students and it is our aim to ensure that children are happy in order to achieve their full potential. Through differentiated lessons, every student is allocated tasks and assignments appropriate to their level of development and students are monitored consistently to inform teachers of successful changes to their developmental levels.
Those pupils who show strength in particular areas are offered extension opportunities. We also provide learning support to those pupils who need extra help. We celebrate their successes both in class and in assembly to promote self-assurance, provide motivation and demonstrate mutual respect between class and house members. We aim to challenge ‘Gifted and Talented’ children through higher level questioning, investigative activities and after school clubs as part of our enrichment programme.
In order to achieve our aims, we ensure children have;
• firm foundations of basic skills that they can use and apply;
• have a broad range of exciting and creative opportunities to discover and nurture their individual talents;
• develop a set of core human values that underpin their moral, social and cultural development and their sense of uniqueness and self-worth as individuals;
• have access and opportunity for all individuals to achieve their potential;
Through a positive behaviour program, we promote self-awareness and foster feelings of empathy and understanding among our students. Kindness and respect are essential elements of the atmosphere created in our classes. Students are encouraged to take responsibilities as class monitors and helpers; this is the beginning of their path to leadership further up the school. The children are also offered leadership responsibility in the form of Student Council Representatives in Year Three and Year Four. Children are expected to look after their own property and be organised with their books and equipment. It is anticipated that they will set the example to younger members of the school and to their peers by being thoughtful, considerate and well-mannered to both children and adults alike.
Regular field trips are organised to support and reinforce the curriculum, as well as widening the learning experiences we offer. Educational trips can be related to any of the subject areas with a specific focus on topics covered during the year.
All our staff are British trained and offer the very best in education for all our learners.