A key factor in any child’s learning and well-being is the teacher, and we have highly experienced, skilled, dedicated and committed teaching teams and support staff. These teams work together to provide flexibility in meeting the needs of all learners. Our teams work together to provide a safe and engaging environment within which the needs of the learner are met.
We acknowledge that the transition from primary to secondary may be a challenge to most learners. We make the progression from primary to secondary as structured and predictable as possible. The school has embedded opportunities for primary and secondary phase interaction such as the integrated lunchtimes and termly performing arts productions. This interaction reduces the anxieties of learners as they progress to secondary as primary children move into an environment where they will be interacting with familiar faces and often, good friends.
The last term of Year 6 involves planned interactions between Year 6 and Secondary classes. Primary teachers introduce short visits to the Secondary building. Secondary teachers start teaching primary children in their primary classes and gradually move them into specialist rooms. A gradual timetable is phased in so that by the end of the academic year, Year 6 has two full weeks of their predicted Year 7 timetable. This approach has proven hugely successful at Baston House.
Our curriculum delivery is supported by a range of prominent visual strategies, including highly structured work-systems; predictable changes and phase timings and engaging and appealing learning environments.
Baston House uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as it is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. Baston House uses the IPC as it has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. By using the IPC, Baston House joins the community of thousands of schools in more than 65 countries around the world.