Key Stage 1 consists of Year 1 and 2. The pupils are taught in classes with both a qualified teacher and assistant in each class. This ensures that each child continues to receive the individual attention that they need and that we at Babington House are renowned for. The teaching and learning becomes more formal in these year groups and the subjects, although taught in a cross curricular way, begin to have their own identity (for example Maths, English and Phonics).
The classroom and wider environment is one in which all pupils are cared for, challenged and supported to do their best.
Pupils are assessed through formal tests, marking, observations and discussion throughout Key Stage 1 to ensure that they are making excellent progress, our pupils achieve significantly higher than the national average.
Key Stage 2 includes pupils from Year 3 – 6 and provides the final stage in their primary education.
The primary years provide the foundation for a successful senior school education, to this end pupils in Key Stage 2 experience the benefit of specialist subject teaching. We set a brisk academic pace and pursue a challenging curriculum. The pupils are taught Maths and English by their Form teachers and gradually subject teachers are introduced in Science, French, German, Drama, Citizenship, PE, Music and Art.
The use of specialist teachers alongside our highly qualified Form teachers enables each pupil to be pushed to exceed their academic potential as well as ensuring that all pupils receive the care and individual attention associated with small class sizes.
A significant percentage of pupils receive academic scholarships.
Boys are now welcome to remain at Babington until the end of year 6 at age 11. We will become a fully co-educational Preparatory Department.
The majority of our boys then go on to Eltham College, with whom we have a close association. We also currently have old boys at Dulwich College, Colfes School and Bickley Park School. We are actively developing our links with other local schools such as St Olave's Boys Grammar and Trinity School.
There is the expectation that most girls will stay after Year 6 and go into our outstanding Senior School, however a small number do move to the state grammar schools in the area.