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.
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 some specialist subject teachers are introduced in Languages, 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.
The 11+ examination is very significant. It is something we have achieved remarkable success in with our Year 6 leavers to date with a high pass rate to local academically selective grammar schools, however this approach will not suit every child.
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.
The boys move on to a range of independent and state schools including Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School, Eltham College, Dulwich College, Colfe's School and other selective senior schools.