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The Junior and Senior School

The Junior School

The Junior School is a private English National Curriculum day school, teaching the programmes of study of the Foundation Stage, Key Stage (KS)1 and KS2 to children aged from 3 to 11.

The School is relatively large, with three to four classes per year group, yet we pride ourselves on our strong sense of community and warm and friendly atmosphere. The ‘feel’ of the School is relatively traditional, with high expectations for behaviour and discipline and a uniform that ensures all pupils are well presented.

The ‘core’ of our curriculum is the learning of English and Mathematics (Literacy and Numeracy); Science, ICT and Greek also have a high profile. ‘Foundation’ subjects include the humanities, art and personal and social education. Greek, Music and PE are all taught by specialist teachers.

If Greek is the home language, we ensure that your child is able to maintain a level equivalent to that of the Cypriot public school system.

The class teacher is the focus of support for each pupil; we use a ‘home room’ structure, meaning that most lessons are taught in a classroom that each child recognises as their ‘home base’. We encourage a strong and supportive relationship to develop between parents and the teacher, through formal and scheduled meetings and presentations, as well as informally, via the ‘contact book’ or through snatched chats at drop off or pick up time.

We ensure that the children get a wide range of opportunities to have their daily school lives enriched through a range of clubs, sporting and musical performances and events, ‘House’ competitions and other opportunities, to allow for the development of ‘the whole child’.

Our academic and social standards are outstanding and by the time the children complete Year 6 they are well prepared for secondary education. Most of our children move from the Junior to the Senior School, where a detailed process of liaison, transition and orientation ensures that the best possible advantage is gained from the fact that the children are known to us as they move from our primary to our secondary department.

School Structure

The Junior School is divided into two departments:

  • KEY STAGE ONE – Pre-Reception, Reception, Year One and Year Two
  • KEY STAGE TWO – Years Three, Four, Five and Six

Each department is led by a Head Teacher.

The School is organized in parallel classes with three or four classes to each year group; each year group is led by a Year Group Leader who will also have responsibility for one of the classes of the year group.

The teaching and organisation of each curriculum subject is supported by a subject leader, who will ensure standards are maintained, new methods and activities are incorporated into schemes of work and that the appropriate resources and facilities are available to the children.

Pupils are assigned to classes according to their age, which is subject to the Cyprus Ministry of Education requirements. When a child comes from a different educational system, an adjustment may be made in class assignment, upon request.

We limit the class size to 24 children each. In this way the children will receive maximum attention in all their learning activities. The Pre-Reception, Reception, Year One and Year Two classes each have a learning support assistant as well as a qualified teacher. In Years Three, Four, Five and Six there is a class teacher per class, and a learning support assistant per two classes.

Support for children experiencing difficulty with their learning would initially be offered by the class teacher, liaising closely with the parents. If the issue is more serious, the Learning Support Department, or English as an Additional Language Department can be utilised. In some instances the School may call on the services of external experts such as educational psychologists, speech therapists or other appropriate professionals.

A house system is in operation for KS2. The houses are named after the three founder-teachers of the school. STONE (RED) – KENNY (BLUE) – GAYFORD (YELLOW), and a foundation governor CHRISTODOULIDES (GREEN).

The Senior School

The Senior School is a small and welcoming not for profit secondary school following the English National Curriculum for students aged 11 to 19.

Our school is academic in nature; we strive to ensure that our students go on to high quality universities in UK, the USA, Cyprus, Greece and elsewhere around the world and subsequently enjoy fulfilling professional lives.

We are organised into the following structure;

Key Stage Years Age
Key Stage 3 Years 7 to 9 Age 11(or 12) to 14
Key Stage 4 Years 10 & 11 Age 14 to 16
Key Stage 5 (6th Form) Years 12 & 13 Age 16 to 18 (or 19)

The School has established a track record of ensuring that students reach their potential. We ensure this is the case though high quality teaching, thorough assessment and a framework of student, or pastoral support.

Each student is ‘bench marked’ at the start of each key stage, using assessment materials from the University of Durham;

Key Stage Assessment
Key Stage 3 MIDYIS (Middle Years Information System)
Key Stage 4 YELIS (Year Eleven Information System)
Key Stage 5 (6th Form) ALIS ( A level information System)

This gives the student, parents and teachers an indication of that child’s potential within the curriculum. Each student’s progress is then ‘tracked’ through the use of teacher assessments and regular tests. Students and parents are kept informed of progress and any concerns are swiftly flagged up; with the appropriate intervention being agreed and put in place.

This all sounds very formal; additionally, there is a commitment in our School to develop the ‘whole child’ through;

  • Curriculum opportunities such as critical thinking, the ‘Extended Project Qualification (KS5) and ‘Learning to Learn’ lessons
  • Emphasis given to traditionally ‘academic’ subjects (e.g.Maths, English & Sciences) as well as creative and active subjects (Drama, Art, Music, PE) and modern subjects (Business Studies, Travel & Tourism, Economics)
  • A wide range of enrichment opportunities across the school, such as;
    • Model United Nations
    • Residential Trips
    • High quality dramatic & musical productions
    • Participation in competitions & exhibitions
    • Competitive & non-competitive sport
    • Eco School status
    • The ability to be involved in and lead fund-raising activities

Because of the size of our school, the commitment of our staff and warmth and mutual support of our student body, we are able to provide an environment that ensures that every child has the best possible opportunity to reach his or her potential and move on from us to a fulfilled and constructive adult life in our ever changing world.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle