The Junior School years mark a crucial period in a child’s development. A child lays the foundations for future learning; they begin to form firm friendships; they become more independent and curious about the world around them. Each child is unique and brings to a school a wealth of talents and abilities. Encouraging a child to develop talents and to unearth skills they may not have recognised is the key to a successful school.
We aim to encourage children to enter into a spirit of community, understanding and recognising other people’s needs as well as their own. We seek to provide all children with opportunities to lead others and to show initiative. A busy child is a happy child. WGJS challenges and supports each child to make the most of their potential and to make learning fun.
We believe that children learn best when in small groups and classes. The average class size in the junior school is 17. In years 5 and 6 we currently reduce the numbers of pupils in both maths and English groups by adding an extra teacher to allow more individual attention. We add additional teaching resources where the need is greatest. This year, for example, we have a Big Six maths group of only six children.