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WestVille House School

Independent School For Girls & Boys

westville house school Exceptional Education ranked in the top 50 preparatory schools by the sunday times

Curriculum Overview

Westville House School is characterised by a broad, exciting curriculum that develops pupils' knowledge, skills and talents, supporting them to become reflective, problem solving, independent learners. This enables pupils to make maximum progress and prepares them for the next stage of their learning.

Our curriculum aims to :

  •  enable pupils to understand the value of knowledge and skills.
  •   ensure that resources, teaching, planning and learning are purposefully linked and respond to the individuality and special potential of each child.
  •   be broad, balanced and enriched through the taught curriculum and the programme of additional curricular activities.
  • help pupils to become knowledgeable, confident and  active learners with a desire to explore and problem solve in innovative ways.
  • encourage pupils to make well-informed decisions about matters which have significant influences on their lives and, where appropriate, the lives of others, especially in relation to values, beliefs and customs.

The curriculum will encompass all National Curriculum subjects and is hugely enriched with additional subject studies, diversity and variety at every level.

It encompasses the areas of linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical and creative development, and consists of the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, French, Geography, History, ICT, Art, Music and Games.

It also includes Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning from Form 2, Drama from Form 1 and Religious Education in Forms 1, 2 and 3.

The curriculum is taught in small classes by the Form Teacher in PP1, PP2, PP3, PP4 and Form 1, with the addition of specialist teaching in the following subjects in these year groups:

PP1 - Music, specialist PE/Games and Swimming
PP2 - Music, specialist PE/Games and Swimming
PP3 - Music, specialist PE/Games and Swimming
PP4 - Music, Games, PE, French and Swimming
Form 1 - Music, Games, PE, French, Art, Drama and Swimming

Specialist teaching takes place from Form 2 in the following subjects – English, Maths, Science, French, Geography, History, Art, Drama, Music, Games and Swimming. Homework also forms an important part of the curriculum. Huge efforts are made to ensure that it is worthwhile and stimulates the pupils' interest. It is often connected with problem solving, reinforcing learning and encouraging pupils to use their initiative. It is always age and time appropriate.

Exciting opportunities for learning are always at the forefront of the staff’s minds. Visits to places of interest, theatres, possibly another country are used as a means of widening a child’s knowledge and experience. Form 4 enjoy a number of Residential trips including a science and geography field trip, a sports tour and adventure activities programme. These trips not only develop pupils' academic skills but also enhance their social and leadership skills.

Links are established between each phase of learning – between the Foundation Stage (PP1 and PP2) and Pre Prep (PP3 and PP4) and then further into the Prep department (Forms 1 to 4).

Where possible links are established with tutors in senior schools to ensure that all children are well prepared for the transition to their Senior Schools.