Early Years Development
Walk into any classroom at Lorenden and you will see children enjoying and engaging with their learning. Younger children in our Early Years develop quickly through a blend of teacher-led and child-initiated opportunities; older pupils are keen to improve their knowledge and understanding through collaborative and independent work.
With small class sizes, teachers get to know pupils very quickly and thoroughly. Emphasis is placed on the strong relationships between staff and pupils to promote confidence and ‘bouncebackabililty’ in learners. As pupils’ hard work gains results they learn the value of perseverance; they are rewarded for caring about their work and for working hard, creating a positive spiral of confidence building based on effort. Over twenty children each week collect a positive reward from the Head for their work.
We are committed to the pursuit of individual excellence for each pupil. We do not believe that learning should have a ceiling and do not let pupils just sit at ‘expected’ level if they are more able, but extend their learning further. In small classes pupils receive lots of attention and enjoy the hard work expected of them.
There is a focus on numeracy and literacy throughout the school and high academic standards are promoted in all areas. The Kent Test is a focus for most as pupils approach Year 5 but we offer a broad and interesting curriculum for everyone encompassing Core Subjects, Visual Arts, The Outdoors, Humanities, Languages, Performance Arts and IT, enhanced by specialist teachers, regular trips, workshops and visitors. Every child is known and valued.
Grammar School Places
We have a strong track record in pupils being awarded Grammar school places and in pupils receiving offers for a range of Independent School scholarships including Academic, Sport, Drama and Music.