The first 7 years are the most important years in the life of every child as they set the basis for overall success in life. Early experiences provide the base for the brain’s organizational development and functioning throughout life. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. They need love and nurturing to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow.
At St Christopher’s, we are not distracted by pursuing the ambitions of older children. We are Early Years’ specialists recognised and acclaimed for our excellence in every single area of our provision. Academic success is coupled with a broad and rich exposure to sport, music, drama, art and languages with specialist teachers in each of these areas. There are opportunities for Outdoor Adventure experiences, Philosophy lessons, ambitious and exciting school trips and IT is securely embedded across the whole curriculum. Every child will hold at least one position of responsibility by the time they are 7 which gives them great confidence and pride in their abilities.
Class sizes are small and we ensure high quality staff are recruited and supported to provide high quality teaching. Teaching is characterised by detailed planning and assessment, which ensures pupils’ needs and achievements are taken into account and pupils of all ages and abilities make excellent progress. Our wide-ranging curriculum offers a wealth of opportunities for pupils to learn and achieve. Pupils benefit from the support of our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to provide early intervention if required, at no extra cost, to ensure children are confident and secure in their learning.