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Why Us?


Lower School is housed in its own attractive, purpose-built accommodation, surrounded by a wonderful expanse of green space which the boys use throughout the day. We are fortunate to have a brand new Sports Hall; swimming pool; 7 acres of sports field (a very short mini-bus ride away); Assembly / Drama Hall; Early Years Astroturf ‘Learning Garden’, Early Years ‘Covered Highway’ for bikes, trikes & scooters; playground, Music Room; Food Room; Art / Languages Room; access to woodland for Forest School; and, for the boys in Years 3-5, the use of the Senior ‘Design and Technology’ Lab and the Library. Year 5 boys also use the Junior Science Lab.


2.Best choice for boys

We enjoy continuity and generous shared human and physical resources with the rest of the school, which is rich in teaching and learning, while radiating a family atmosphere. Boys remain at Thorpe House until they are 16, so interaction between the Lower School boys and their older peers is important. In their roles as Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy and House Captains, Year 6 are expected to set an example to the younger boys.


3.Family Approach

Pupils have very good relationships with their peers and are supportive of each other. This is because the school encourages children to play and make friends as soon as they enter the EYFS, so when they make the transition to the next stage these skills are well advanced. (ISI 2019)

Our rich clubs programme; the Year 10 Mentoring Scheme, where the Senior boys help in the Lower School classrooms; ‘reading buddy’ initiatives across Key Stage 1 and 2; the Duke of Edinburgh Programme, in which Senior boys assist with day to day site management in Lower School; and our increasingly vibrant House System, all serve to unite and integrate our small but age-varied school.  Setting an excellent example to younger counterparts and the magic of ‘the big brother’ approach, with our youngest having the opportunity to view their own futures through the older boys, is a powerful part of our provision, and ensures that our expectations of responsible behaviour, in social and academic areas, is exceptionally high.


4. Teaching Style

Our classes are usually no more than 16 boys. Teaching styles vary and teachers teach to their individual strengths, creating a happy, energetic and enabling learning environment. Standards are high and boys are encouraged to be independent in their learning and ask questions about the topics they cover, though support and guidance are always available should a boy need it.

Pupils’ good subject knowledge develops from effective teaching, including the use of skilful questioning and personal support from teachers. (ISI 2019)

Music and Drama are recognized as vital in the holistic development of the boys, nurturing their confidence, emotional intelligence, adaptability, creativity, teamwork and resilience, while facilitating healthy minds. Music is taught by dedicated peripatetic teachers, who know how to encourage every boy to participate. Drama is very much part of the English curriculum, with specialist Drama lessons from Year 3. ‘Speech and Drama’ or LAMDA classes and clubs are available from Year 1. The boys relish opportunities to showcase their work at enrichment events, year group assemblies, school performances and end of term concerts.


A truly balanced curriculum

With our dedication to enabling every boy to discover and nurture his strengths, and to address his weaknesses with a positive attitude and work ethic, we are committed to providing a balanced and happy learning environment, free from anxiety and only embracing positivity in both work and play. We firmly believe that every individual has strengths, which we celebrate. To this end, Forest School and a rich sporting provision assist with developing healthy minds and bodies, able to withstand challenges and grow in resilience and emotional intelligence. Teamwork, leadership and mindfulness are also fostered through sport and Forest School.

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