Academic Excellence

At Colston’s academic skills are developed through carefully planned schemes of work which follow and extend the National Curriculum, ensuring that children are not over burdened with constant testing.

We seek to prepare children for the challenges of Key Stage 2 and beyond and our professional and fully qualified teachers understand the individual needs of each child and work hard to assist every child to reach their potential.

With studies showing that smaller class sizes (up to 15 children) and more specialist teachers result in higher educational standards and levels of achievement we have made sure this is a key factor at Colston’s.

Our children enjoy learning with a ‘topic based’ approach which discreetly encompasses many areas of the curriculum. English and Mathematics are however timetabled daily to ensure a continuity of progress. These core subjects are taught by specialist teachers who are matched with children at different levels to ensure the right help is given to individual needs. In this way we hope to ensure that every child is achieving within the curriculum and meeting their full potential.

The Pre-Prep has its own Music Practise Room used by pupils and visiting specialist teachers who visit the school to teach children how to play different instruments. Supported by the outstanding Prep School Music Department, children have a wide choice of instruments available to them.

Having the confidence to speak in front of an audience is a skill for life and through drama classes children are encouraged to participate in assemblies, concerts and of course the Christmas production. Parents are invited to many of these occasions.

Throughout Colston’s, school sport and physical activity are considered to be integral to the curriculum and philosophy of the school. We have dedicated and specialist teachers who engage the children and help them to develop themselves physically to be the best they can.

Alongside the more traditional elements of the National Curriculum, children from Nursery to Key Stage 2 experience ‘Forest School’. These sessions allow development across all areas of learning. It is about holistic development; about producing free thinking, motivated individuals, keen to meet the challenges of life. Children need to understand the physical world and their place in it. In our woodland classrooms we encourage children to ‘step out of their comfort zone’. We believe that children engaged in active learning opportunities have an increased vocabulary, a greater self-awareness and empathy - they are motivated and confident which helps them on their educational journey.

We are very proud to be able to offer each individual child support whether they are the most able or whether they have learning needs.