Prep Years 3 – 5 : Gaining independence

Pupils in Year 3 and above are based in the Burden Building. The day is structured to ensure that Form Teachers are on hand at the beginning and the end of the day to register and dismiss the pupils in their care. Children are expected to arrive for registration by 8.30am, and at the end of the day are collected at 4.00pm or join an after-school club. Pupils have the option of staying on at our Care Club, from where they can be collected up until 6.00pm (Monday to Friday). Children in Year 4 and above have the option to attend Homework Club which is open until 5.00pm daily.

Throughout Year 3 children continue to be taught as a mixed ability group. However to ensure that pupils proceed at an appropriate pace for their ability they are set for Maths and English from Year 4 onwards.

Lessons in Year 3 and 4 are mostly Form Teacher based ensuring high quality pastoral care and cross curricular learning. Subject specialists teacher Year 3 for French, Music, PE and Art. From Year 5 and throughout the rest of your child’s time at St Francis lessons are subject-based rather than form-based and pupils will move around the school. Years 3 and 4 provide the transition and support for the pupils as they prepare for this responsibility. Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning lessons are included from Year 4 as part of our preparation for Senior School entrance tests at 11+ and pretests (normally during Year 6).


Prep Years 6 – 8 : Preparing for the future

In Years 6, 7 and 8 the emphasis is to ensure that all children are as well prepared as possible for the school of your choice. English and Mathematics subjects are set in Years 6, 7 and 8. Once the children reach Years 6, 7 and 8 they also have the opportunity to be monitors, librarians, team captains and to take on other positions of responsibility.

St Francis has an enviable reputation for gaining places at some of the country’s leading senior schools, with many pupils gaining scholarships and awards at both 11+ and 13+. Senior School Links>>

There are considerable academic and social benefits to children having an education at St Francis School up to the age of 13, and the self-confidence, sense of common purpose and academic drive that children in Years 7 and 8 develop with us is a consistently impressive factor in a child’s senior school application.

The Headmaster and Deputy Head (Academic) are both closely involved in the senior school entry process for each child, and parents are invited to regular Senior Schools Information Evenings to help them decide on the best school for their child.