Academically the school operates in three departments: The Nursery, Lower School which incorporates Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 and Upper School which consist of Years 4, 5 and 6. Pupils in Lower School finish the school each day at 3:20pm. Upper School pupils have an extended day Monday through to Thursday with the day ending at 4:30pm on these days. This extended day for our Upper School pupils allows us to further broaden the curriculum.
Great care and sensitivity is taken to ensure that new pupils transfer into the school quickly, happily and confidently and that all pupils move into their new classes each September with excitement and positive anticipation.
Transition into your child’s new class each year is held during the second half of the Summer Term and allows for a carefully planned transition session where each class moves up into their prospective class for a very special morning where they get to know their new teachers and welcome new class members.
We offer a stimulating and highly-structured curriculum that places a strong emphasis on the development of Literacy and Numeracy, taught in inspiring and creative learning environments by enthusiastic and qualified teachers. In the Lower School, the children enjoy specialist teaching in Art, Sport, Music, Drama, French and Dance. In the Upper School, we have specialist teachers for the following subjects: Maths, English, History, Languages and STEM. Students learn French and Spanish, picking up Latin in Year 5.
Year 6 are carefully and thoroughly prepared within Deepdene for the move to secondary school through a structured and varied programme. We work very carefully and closely with parents and children to ensure a successful transition to the chosen school. Pupils are well prepared for entrance exams and many of our pupils obtain scholarships and awards.