All children have a Form Teacher, who fosters a sense of identity and security from an early age and who will be the first port of call for both children and parents.
The Form Teacher will always teach some of the academic curriculum to their children and, quite frequently, will teach several subjects to their children. All the children will see specialist teachers for some subjects, such as sport, music, art, DT, computing, PSHE and languages. There are cross curricular links between many subjects that help to bring definition and breadth to a particular topic.
We have a child-centred approach which, at its heart, creates an environment designed to encourage every child to fulfil their potential. The school day is purposeful and active learning and our learning dispositions are at the heart of lessons. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and become increasingly independent. The academic curriculum remains broad, enriching and engaging.
Alleyn's children believe it is 'cool' to be clever, to play an instrument, to be good at sport and to act on the stage. The curriculum and opportunities are such that all children play in sports teams, all children are in class assemblies and the Year 6 play and learning to play a musical instrument is something that all children in Years 2 to 5 participate in. Doing it all and having the breadth of experience is at the heart of the positive and rewarding education that we offer.
The classroom based learning largely takes place in The Fortune Building with Infants downstairs and Juniors upstairs. Each class has its own form room adjacent to their parallel class so as to foster collaboration and shared experiences. Shared specialist learning spaces are centrally located in this building: two music classrooms, an IT room, a science lab and a large library. There is a spacious art and design technology studio as well as a suite of learning support rooms and our own practice rooms for individual music lessons.. We have access to the MCT theatre for big musical concerts and it plays host to the annual Year 6 play. The dining hall is used by all pupils, as are the sports hall, the all-weather astro-turf pitch and the heated indoor swimming pool.
We have extensive playing fields within the school grounds where a wide range of team games are taught at all levels, with a premium being placed on team spirit. The grounds also provide lots of space for young children to run around in safety.
We also have a School Garden for outdoor learning and an adventure playground for playtimes. Our Reception class attends Forest School in a woodland copse on site one afternoon each week.
The School has the flexibility to put children into smaller groups to support and extend, whether it be in sport, music, maths or English. It is an approach which enables us to go well beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum, introducing some subjects earlier and delivering others in greater depth.
All children study English, mathematics, science, religious studies, design technology, humanities/topic, a language (French, Spanish and Mandarin), music, art, computing, sport and PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education).
Alleyn's Junior School children are independent, confident and flexible learners, well-rounded and happy to co-operate with others.