The Prep School comprises Year 3 to Year 8, with the majority of children moving through from our Pre-Prep. Years 3, 4 and 5 are referred to as the Juniors and Years 6, 7 and 8 as the Seniors.
There is a maximum class size of 18 in all year groups, with both streaming and setting used to help maximise each child’s individual potential. For all year groups, the curriculum is enriched by a variety of educational trips throughout the year.
In Years 3 and 4, no formal homework is set, but there are regular spelling tests (and tables tests for Year 4) and reading books are taken home every evening. In Years 5 and 6, homework is set in English, maths, history, French and Latin; and in Years 7 and 8 homework is set in all subjects.
ASSESSMENT CARDS, EXAMS, REPORTS AND PARENTS’ EVENINGS
Assessment cards are issued every five weeks and are for effort only, providing parents with a useful snapshot of how hard their child is working.
Cognitive Ability Tests (CATS) are completed by all pupils and are good indicators of future potential, as well as a way of making sure that pupils are achieving their potential.
All pupils sit English, maths and science tests at the end of each academic year. These tests are used to measure and monitor the progress pupils are making in these subjects, and to inform future teaching. In Years 7 and 8, pupils sit exams at regular intervals in preparation for scholarship or Common Entrance.
Over the course of the three terms, all pupils receive two full reports and one interim report. In addition, there is one Parents’ Evening per year for each year group.
The Learning Support Department at Vinehall sets out to do exactly what the title implies. Learning can be supported at any age for all abilities to enable children to reach their potential. For some this may be a short-term intervention, perhaps helping with organisation or revision strategies; while others may need longer-term support with options of external assessments and/or intervention from outside agencies.
We are fortunate enough to have a bright, modern facility at the hub of the school, in the main library. Three rooms are used for the Head of Learning Support, other specialist teachers and visiting therapists, mainly in the areas of Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy.
Reasonable adjustments are made throughout the school to ensure that all pupils are treated fairly and that their needs are met within the classroom, with an emphasis on communication of individual learning needs from Learning Support to all involved with those children.