Academic

39-prepAt St Teresa’s we are unique as we offer each child a bespoke education.  All children have individual traits and developmental patterns so our objective is to ensure we provide motivation, stimulation and stretching for every child. Through our independent curriculum we encourage a disciplined but exciting environment where learning becomes a passion.

In tandem with home we teach good manners, grooming, hygiene, self-respect and respect for others.

We encourage and praise when a child achieves their best and we recognise even small triumphs as well as events outside school.

The body needs to stay healthy for the mind to work and so we offer a broad range of extra-curricular activities to further excite the learning experience.  We do exercise caution in not overstretching a child’s day and we also advise parents on getting the balance right as well as on positive parenting, meditation, well-being, healthy eating and sleeping patterns.

How we use targets

Our teachers keep individual targets for improvement uppermost in their mind when assessing and recording.  In this way every child knows where they are and where they need to get to.  They feel secure in the knowledge that they are supported in their individual pathways leading to surges in self-esteem.  Knowledge is truly power, and the teachers are also empowered to tailor their daily planning accordingly.  Strong self-esteem leads to success and wellbeing.

The next school: the majority of our girls progress to our senior school and thrive in their secondary studies.  Those who do move to a different school are well prepared and equally supported in making the right choice‚ and we are happy to assist parents in making this choice.

Having taught in the area for over twenty years the headmistress has an excellent relationship with all schools within the area and is well placed to offer advice and support regarding the personality and strengths of each school.

The School day

The day begins at 8:00 when girls are welcomed by a team of staff at the drop-off point. The younger girls are taken into their classrooms by staff and the older girls whilst older girls meet their friends in class.

The morning timetable runs from 8:30 until 10:55 when there is a break until 11:15 and classes resume until 12:15.

Lunch is taken between 12:15 and 1:45.

The afternoon timetable runs from 1:45 until 3:45 with a short break at 2:10. The working day finishes at 3:45 for girls.

This is when most extra-curricular activities begin (although some take place at lunchtime) and we offer a varied and engaging range of options including, for girls in Years 3 to 6, clubs for Spanish and Mandarin.

Homework club operates every day from 3:45 – 5:45.

Gifted & Talented Programme – ‘Broadening Horizons’

Gifted learners are defined as learners who have considerable strengths in one or more subjects in the curriculum other than Art and Design, Music and P.E.  Talented learners are those who have abilities in Art and Design, Music, P.E. or in performance arts such as drama or dance.

Gifted and talented learners will be identified by those staff assessing girls during their welcome day visit and also as a result of communications from a girl’s former school.  This term, for example, those on the programme will contribute to the design of an 18 hole Crazy Golf Course model, which excites and stretches the girls’ imaginations from Years 3-6.

We recognise that it is important for these pupils to work at an accelerated pace and in a wide variety of settings using a range of resources. Studies for these pupils will include enrichment activities to give them an increased breadth and depth of understanding, extension study material to develop knowledge or open ended tasks to challenge and increase problem solving abilities.

A Model Teaching School

St Teresa’s Prep School is a model teaching school, currently a resource for Kingston University for studies such as enhancing literacy and positive social interaction in the classroom.

Through our extensive programme of professional development for staff we ensure that our teachers are fully informed of cutting edge methodologies so that our girls remain fully engaged in the classroom.

Microsoft IT Academy

We are a Microsoft IT Academy accredited school, and know that IT is critical for every child to progress inside and beyond the classroom.

We therefore teach computer usage, as well as basic computer programming, from an early age to ensure that IT is second nature to our girls as they progress through each academic stage. Computer Programming is offered an an extra-curricular option in Years 4 and 5, and as part of the extended curriculum for Year 6 girls in 2013.