|In our Junior School there are approximately 225 boys between the ages of 7 and 11 in Years 3 to 6.
The Junior School has its own Master and its own identity, but is still very much part of Eltham College as a whole being the main prep school feeder into the Senior School. Links with the Senior School are valued and nurtured and the Junior boys are proud of these strong connections.
The Junior School has committed, well qualified and experienced teaching staff well equipped to deliver both the academic curriculum in the classroom and a wide range of activities outside it. Most of the staff are also Form Tutors where they can offer a high level of individual pastoral care to the pupils under their charge. There are up to three forms in each year group in class sizes of between 19 and a maximum of 22 pupils.
Whilst the curriculum comprises a broad range of academic subjects, it is unique with the inclusion of Mandarin as the modern language studied by all. This subject is now well established in the school. It has brought many and varied benefits to the boys in terms of the skills, knowledge and perceptions they have acquired.
The curriculum as a whole is designed to stretch and challenge. In Year 6, the boys have focused days in the Senior School covering academic subjects, sport, music and drama to help make the transfer seamless. Our increased focus on learning is designed to produce boys equipped not only for secondary school, but also for the life of study and work beyond.
|Co-curricular activity is wide-ranging.
||As well as team sports in cricket, football, hockey, rugby, tennis, and swimming, pupils are given opportunities to enjoy basketball, fencing, judo, chess and elocution. Specialist coaching, including access to professional coaches from the Senior School in the major sports, is matched with a drive to offer opportunities for all. There are regular competitive fixtures in which virtually all boys in a year group are involved. Our Chess team has been national champions recently and our Fencing team currently includes the U10 British Epee Champion.
||The NoStringsAttached Project which runs in Years 3 and 4, provides free music lessons to all pupils on a wide range of instruments, resulting in over two-thirds of the school participating in different ensembles. The choir is also very well supported and successful, having gained recognition in a national competition as well as in local music festivals. Junior School trebles have sung with the College Choir at a range of world renowned venues.
||This is equally popular with the boys, who gain confidence to perform, in local festivals and in the memorable annual school plays.
The key note here is the high levels of pupil commitment and ability matched with skilled coaching to achieve success across the board. A look at the news and events section of the website will give some indication of the on-going activities.
The Junior School is located on Mottingham Lane and has direct access onto more than 60 acres of playing fields belonging to Eltham College. The boys are fortunate to have their own Junior School section of these where they can run out and burn off steam during their break times. Rugby, football and cricket are also played here and there are three junior cricket nets located at the far end. Hockey is played either on the all-weather pitch or on the three smaller artificial surfaces. The tennis courts are nearby as well as a sports pavilion where bags and equipment are stored and changing rooms are located. In addition to the extensive grassed spaces, at the back of the Junior School building is a large hard surface playground with a sail shade, a trim trail with climbing equipment and two small allotment plots, tended by Gardening Club members.
Within the Junior School buildings are the form rooms, a Science Laboratory, Art Room, Music Room, four music practice rooms for peripatetic teaching, a well-equipped Library and a bright and modern hall used for indoor sport, concerts, workshops and assemblies. In addition to the class room IT equipment, the pupils also have access to a bank of laptop computers allowing staff to develop interesting and varied lessons and learning.
As the Junior School shares the site with the Senior School, it benefits from being able to access a considerable number of the Senior School facilities for example: the Chapel which is used for Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leavers' Services, the purpose-built school theatre for productions, the Sports Centre for swimming and indoor sports lessons, the dining hall for lunches and new Art Gallery which provides exhibition space for the boys' work as well as providing a venue for numerous art workshops.