School day

School Day

All pupils start the school day at 8:55am. Lessons range in length from forty-five minutes to one hour. There is a morning break at 10:45am. Our youngest students have a snack prepared by our dining room staff, while students from Year 1 to IBDP bring healthy snacks from home. There is a staggered lunch time between 12:30 and 2:00 with all food prepared on site in both the Junior and Senior School dining rooms. After lunch the students have free time in the play areas and sports fields. At break and lunch times we have activities such as football league, board games clubs, active lunch, drama club and choir.

We have an Early Bird service for children who arrive at school before 8:55am and after school we have a wide range of extracurricular activities. We offer something for everyone… our future artists, sportsmen and sportswomen, dancers, actors, musicians, linguists, mathematicians, chefs, tailors, singers, film directors, and eco warriors! A favourite activity of our younger pupils is to do horse riding and learn how to care for the school horses. A full list of activities is emailed to the parents every term and can be found by clicking here.


Our youngest students begin their learning journey following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We agree that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe, and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. (EYFS Framework 2021)

Throughout the school day there are a combination of teacher led and child led learning opportunities. The children can choose from a wide selection of activities, both indoor and outdoor, as the outdoor learning environment is an extension of the classroom.

Click here for further information about our EYFS (learning from age two to five years).

Junior School

Pupils from Year 1 to Year 7 attend class at the Junior School. The location is perfect for providing a nurturing learning environment in which the children feel at home. The country house maintains it’s rustic appearance while at the same time having modern facilities and resources. The central courtyard is the perfect setting for our morning assemblies.

At the school we have a large library, science laboratory, computer room, a music hall and a large dining room.

Year 7 complete their first year of secondary education at the Junior School. They have the opportunity of getting used to the new expectations of secondary level education while remaining in their familiar school environment. The students learn the new routines which are typical at secondary level such as, having subject specialist teachers, managing homework being due on different days, using lockers, coping with exam weeks, and developing study skills. At the end of Year 7 they move very confidently to the Senior School to begin Year 8.

Click here for further information about our primary curriculum (learning from age five to twelve years)

Senior School

Our Senior School building first opened in 2020 as we recognised the need to provide a purpose-built area for our older students. This Senior School is the perfect bridge between lower secondary and university. There are bright classrooms; study areas; fully equipped, modern science laboratories; an art room with floor to ceiling glass walls; a large exam room; and sports facilities for Padel, football, swimming, basketball, and athletics.

Each form group has their own home room where they have morning registration and PSHE lessons with their form tutor. Other lessons are taught in subject specific rooms. At the Senior School the students follow the English National Curriculum from Year 8 to Year 11, taking the Cambridge IGCSE exams at the end of Year 11. Sixth formers at The Academy follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The Senior School is just a five-minute drive from the Junior School, and the schools are linked by the same mission, vision and commitment to developing a Joy of Learning.

Click here for further information about our secondary curriculum (learning from age twelve to sixteen)

IB Diploma Programme®

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It encourages students to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The IBDP is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond.

It was the perfect choice of sixth form for The Academy as it complements the broad and balanced education the students have experienced, and the IB philosophy is aligned with our philosophy.

Our sixth form students will study at least two languages, excel in traditional academic subjects, combine studies in sciences, maths, humanities, and the arts. They will also develop personal skills and values through the core elements of the IBDP.

Our IB students enjoy the support of the teachers, the internal assessment supervisors, the extended essay and CAS supervisors, the university career guidance counsellor and the IBDP coordinator.

Click here for further information about the IBDP at The Academy (learning from age sixteen to nineteen)