At Alleyn's Junior School every child enjoys a stimulating and engaging curriculum with the resources and support to develop confidence and independence and thrive.
Find out how opportunities stretch well beyond the classroom with a varied co-curriculum and a series of trips, workshops and competitions throughout the year offering all pupils the chance to grow their passions and develop new interests.
Children are exposed to a wide variety of inspiring individuals throughout their time at the Junior School.
Curriculum-linked trips, visiting speakers and workshops are a regular part of school life and allow hands-on, in depth exploration of topics. Although these opportunities are often year group specific, all Junior School children are invited to the half termly Friday Mini Lectures, where associates of the school community share their passion and expertise on a whole manner of topics. Recent events have included hearing about journalism, photography, art, design and technology and netball. We also appreciate regular assemblies from alumni of the school that offer the children a vision of possible futures.
Residential trips offer more extended times of learning and growth together. Outward bounds expeditions in Year 3, 4 and 5 boost confidence and problem-solving skills. In Year 6, the children undertake a week of cultural activities that offer both breadth and depth to their learning.
We regularly take part in external competitions, giving children a chance to shine on both a local and national stage.
We enjoy success in maths, science and general knowledge quiz competitions, frequently reaching national finals. Children score highly in the Primary Maths Challenge and Junior Memory Challenge each year.
Children’s writing has been selected for publication in both fiction and non-fiction works and we have similar success in art and design competitions.
Reading is valued immensely at Alleyn’s Junior School.
Every day, children are read to after lunch by their form tutor. We are fortunate to have a very spacious and well-stocked library that all children access for a lesson each week and can drop into at breaktimes. Our librarian gets to know each child and their reading journey and can offer expert and tailored suggestions.
We have weekly ‘Drop Everything And Read’ sessions in class where children enjoy sharing books together. As they move through the school, children are challenged to complete extended reading lists, moving outside of their comfort zone to try a variety of genres and styles.
Children are encouraged to use reading to engage with the world around them through access to magazines and newspapers in classrooms and the library, with children selecting and sharing news items of interest with the class.
Alleyn’s Junior School has a full and varied co-curricular programme with many opportunities for children to develop current interests and discover new ones.
In all subject areas, activities take place to go beyond the already ambitious curriculum. Budding linguists can explore Japanese and Greek, for example, and Chess Club gives focused time to develop gameplay and strategy. Maths Explorers groups take place from Year 1 to challenge children in their thinking and problem solving. Computing Club gives time to explore programming and journalists in the making can hone their writing in Magazine Club, producing a magazine (Chatterbox) for the whole school to read. Science Club is always full of energy and excitement as children explore and discover more through engineering and experiments. Electronic Music Club introduces children to the use of technology in music production and History Club gives the opportunity to explore historical events and debates while General Knowledge Club tests quick thinking and factual recall.
Year 6 diploma
The Year 6 Diploma is a collection of learning experiences that allow the children to showcase and stretch their own learning and skills.
Independent time management is key when completing extended projects such as autobiographies. The Head’s Research Essay Prize gives children the opportunity to conduct their own study of a personal interest, express their ideas and argue their case using the written word. Maths is applied to a range of real-life scenarios and endeavours; in particular, the ‘Fiver Challenge’ gives children a taste of managing their own business to raise money for charity.
As children prepare for the move to senior schools, they are encouraged to become confident and independent citizens of London, understanding the transport system and appreciating all that the city has to offer.
We track our children's progress through both standardised assessments and our own internal assessments. The vast majority of our children perform comfortably ahead of the national averages. Many will go on to gain awards of some form at their 11+ transition.