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Academic Quality & Results

All-round education ensuring children acquire fundamental skills in reading, writing and numeracy

St Nicholas School is a non-selective school with a large number of very able children. For these there is specific provision which includes a “Think Club” for the older children. We regularly monitor the progress of each pupil and demonstrate the learning gains they make, sharing this information with parents. For a significant proportion of our pupils English is an Additional Language which places in an extremely positive perspective their progress and attainment and their ability to achieve offers at the very best schools in London.


Key Stage 1 Progress Results 2015-16

72%

Good/Excellent Reading Progress

50%

Good/Excellent Writing Progress

 

 

70%

Good/Excellent Maths Progress


Key Stage 2 Results 2015-16

The new curriculum introduced last year provided a more significant challenge to our pupils who learnt new topics without the benefit of experiencing them previously. The added complexity of EAL represented further challenge therefore in this perspective the results are impressive, even moreso given pupils in Year 6 received 11+ offers from St Paul’s Girl’s, City Girls, Dulwich, Latymer Upper and Godolphin & Latymer.

 

70%

Good/Excellent Reading Progress

63%

Good/Excellent Writing Progress

78%

Good/Excellent Maths Progress

Our Montessori Early Years Foundation Stage Nursery and Reception, provide a stimulating environment that cultivates children’s independence. Our qualified Montessori Early Years teachers provide children with time and space to explore the processes children enjoy, such as building with wooden blocks or matching colours and shapes. In Nursery, children learn to identify the sounds that letters make through fun activities in preparation for Read Write Inc (our complete Literacy programme for 4-7 year olds) which starts in Reception.  For children in Key Stage 1 – the years in which they turn six and seven – the class teacher plays a significant role in delivering the core subjects, with specialist teachers providing lessons in French, Music, Art and PE.

In Key Stage 2, children progress towards 11+ entry and receive more specific specialist teaching. The class teacher has overall responsibility for the academic and personal development of each child in the class and is normally the first point of contact for parents.


Rachel, a Year 6 pupil reflects on her time at St. Nicholas since nursery:

What I really like about St. Nicholas is that the teachers teach you to think.