At St. Mary’s we have an exceptional record of academic success.
The foundation for learning starts in Charlton House Nursery, where carefully designed play provides the best conditions for the introduction of reading, writing and number work.
In the Reception class the children will continue to develop their social and interpersonal skills by listening, taking turns and becoming more independent. They will learn reading, writing and numeracy skills, together with a knowledge and understanding of the world through the six areas of learning of the EYFS. Music, French and gymnastics are all part of the curriculum and a lovely outdoor area means that many activities can take place in the fresh air.
Our gym opens out onto delightful playing fields, providing a secure campus within the magnificent grounds of St. Mary’s College.
Charlton House, the preparatory department of St. Mary’s College, offers everything to stimulate the developing child: the right atmosphere for growing minds, with small class sizes, music and drama rooms, and up-to-date ICT facilities. An emphasis is placed on both English and Numeracy, through the appreciation and use of English and the understanding and enjoyment of arithmetic. We believe in separate subject teaching, so History, Geography, Music, Technology, Science, Art and Craft, and Religion all form part of our core curriculum. Children enjoy specialist teachers for Music, French, PE and Games.
We also have plenty of extra-curricular activities, including music, sport, chess, visits to local and regional museums, theatres and other educational facilities, and an outward bound residential week to the Brecon Beacons for our year 6 pupils. Together, these activities stimulate and challenge our young pupils, helping them to live and work together, and preparing them for senior school