Quainton Hall Main School Prospectus 2021

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PROSPECTUS 2021

www.quaintonhall.org.uk


Welcome

from the

Headmaster

Established in Central Harrow at the end of

the nineteenth century, Quainton Hall is a

thriving IAPS co-educational Preparatory School

dedicated to the education of children between

the ages of two and a half and thirteen years.

We offer a broad and inclusive education firmly

centred on the core values of respect, integrity,

determination and humility and believe in setting

high expectations, leading by example and

creating a secure, positive and inspiring learning

environment where staff and pupils can feel

challenged and supported to achieve individual

success in all aspects of school life.

We are a school that is proud of its academic tradition, that possesses a genuine sense of community and

that very much has at its heart the interests of the girls and boys. As educators and in the increasingly

competitive environment in which children find themselves today, we believe it is our duty to foster creative

thinking, to develop independent learning and to support every child in gaining the confidence to believe

and know that they ‘can’.

‘With an emphasis on high academic expectations and

standards combined with a broad and balanced curriculum,

Quainton Hall School offers first rate facilities set within a

secure,nurturing and family centred environment’


School Mission

Statement

We see our mission as achieving personal growth and success for your son or daughter within

a caring, Christian ethos. We aim to realise this in the environment of a small, dynamic, family

orientated school, where cultural diversity is acknowledged and valued.

We set great store by pastoral care of the

highest order alongside a clear concern for

the welfare of your child. We teach the value

of openness and mutual respect throughout

our school community, in which there is

a strong belief in the traditional values of

education.

At Quainton Hall, your child has the

opportunity to:

enjoy a well-balanced curriculum,

designed to give him/her the best

possible opportunity to make a

successful transfer to the school of your

choice.

participate in a wide range of sporting,

artistic and musical activities.

engage in a stimulating variety of extracurricular

pursuits.

Together we will:

enable your child to develop his/her

talents and enthusiasm for learning.

enable your child to grow into a

confident and enthusiastic young

person, ready for the challenges and

opportunities of further education and life

We benefit from:

specialist subject teaching from an early age.

our broad education.

our own indoor swimming pool.

excellent fresh food, prepared by our own

committed staff.

our own co-educational nursery for rising

three-year-olds.


Academic Organisation

Nursery

Our newly refurbished Nursery is now located on the main school site. Housed in the new EYFS

block with a pleasant and enclosed garden, the Nursery with its experienced and committed

staff provides an excellent start to a child’s education.

We aim to provide a sound foundation for the social, emotional, intellectual, physical and

spiritual development of your child in a way that is fun, un-pressured and stimulating. The

Nursery received the rare accolade of Outstanding from OFSTED.

The Nursery day starts at 8.30am and finishes

at 3.45pm. Children wishing to stay longer

can join our evening club which finishes at

6.00pm.

Families may choose morning or afternoon

sessions or all-day care for their child. We ask

parents to complete a Registration Form and

to arrange a visit to the Nursery, before the

offer of a place is confirmed.

Nursery children whose parents wish them to

transfer to the Reception Class are assessed

in the January of their final year at the

Nursery along with other external applicants.

This assessment is designed to be a friendly,

positive experience for which a child does

not need to be prepared.


Academic Organisation

Pre-Prep

Children between four and six attend the Pre-Prep. Boys and girls join our Reception Class,

usually in September, though at other times too when space becomes available. We aim to

provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment, in which all the children are encouraged

to use and develop their talents as they grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually.

The Reception Class is located in the new EYFS block. With its new facilities it is an impressive

learning environment. Across the garden from the Reception Class can be found the Year 1 and

Year 2 Classes. The Pre-Prep Classes (Reception, Pre-Prep 1 and Pre-Prep 2), are staffed by four

teachers and are supported by six experienced Teaching Assistants. Specialist staff teach Art,

Music, PE, Games and computing. All our children in the Reception Classm are taught to swim

from November by our fully-qualified swimming instructors and lifeguard. Team Matches against

other schools are organised for the children from the age of six.

Close contact is maintained with parents and there are Parent/Teacher consultations, when

parents and staff review a child’s development and progress. A detailed report is sent home once

per year.

With an emphasis on high

academic expectations

and standards combined

with a broad and balanced

curriculum, Quainton Hall

School offers first rate facilities

set within a secure, nurturing

and family-centred

Experience shows that parents value the

close collaboration which we actively pursue

between school and home.

Our Pre-Prep children assemble in the

playground from 8.20am each day. Their

lessons normally finish at 3.45pm. After

school activities are available allowing your

child to be cared for until 6.00pm. At the age

of 7+ boys and girls transfer into Year 3 when

they begin their career in the Prep School.


Academic Organisation

Prep School

From the age of seven, pupils in Year 3

begin to attend lessons with some subject

specialists, including science, computing,

art and French, together with a full games

programme. The classes are not streamed

in Year 3 and great care is taken by Form

Teachers and subject staff to develop in

each child a good sense of purpose and

drive, supported by sound and effective

organisational skills.

Our aim is to enable each child to use to

the best possible effect the talents they

have. In the Prep School, a child’s effort

and attainment are regularly assessed and

grades are awarded each half term (this is in

addition to the report which goes annually).

There are Parent/Teacher Consultations for

each Form in the course of the academic

year. A pupil’s grades contribute to the Inter-

House Competition which is overseen by the

Deputy Head.

From the age of seven, children arrive at

school from 8.00am when they will be looked

after by our Playground Supervisor. An

extensive programme of after-school care

is available. Homework is a regular feature

of a child’s life in school and the amount

set depends on age. All pupils are given

a Homework Diary/Planner and parents

check and sign it every day. Children are also

expected to have a reading book with them

at all times. We expect them to keep up their

reading at home, especially at the week-end.


Subject

Specialists

From Year 4 lessons are taught entirely by subject specialists. The classes are streamed for

Mathematics and English from Year 4 to Year 8. Great care is taken to ensure that each child is in a

learning environment which suits their needs.

Girls and boys are fully prepared for 11+ and

13+ transfer examinations.

There is an excellent choice of senior girls’

schools in North-West London (day and

boarding). Parents will be invited in to meet

the Headmaster to discuss their daughter’s

options for the next stage in her education.

The choice of a boy’s senior school at 11+

and 13+ is a matter of discussion between

parents, Headmaster and staff. Normally,

application is made to two schools; the first

being the family’s first choice with a second

choice. Some families consider boarding

education for their sons (in the independent

or maintained sectors) and this tends to be

an additional choice.

Our record of enabling boys to move on to

the right school at 13+ is enviable, as our Pass

Lists clearly show. In most years a number

of our 13+ leavers receive senior scholarship

awards in a variety of areas, including

academic excellence, art, drama and sport.


Mathematics

Knowledge and skill in mathematics is a

fundamental part of a child’s education and

their understanding of the wider world.

Pupils at Quainton Hall will experience a wide

range of topics, explorations of concepts,

calculation and problem-solving that enable

them, eventually, to meet the challenges

and opportunities of the senior school

mathematics curriculum.

Pupils begin from their own individual

starting points and work, with

encouragement and support, to develop

their knowledge and skills.

From the Early years to P8, mathematics is taught to be an exciting and interesting activity that

has applications in the real world.

At QHS we use maths challenges and team competitions to encourage participation and ensure

pupils are enthusiastic about achieving great results. QHS gives children the opportunity to

participate in competitions internally and externally. All Pupils in Prep 5 and 6 are encouraged

to sit the Primary Maths Challenge in November. Successful pupils are invited to sit the National

round in February.

English

Language is the key to accessing all other areas of learning and pupils are taught to become

confident readers, speakers and writers. They are able to write across a range of genres and

styles and both fiction and non-fiction writing are encouraged. In class, pupils have the

opportunity to access different texts, such as: novels, short stories, news articles, plays and

poetry. There is also a significant emphasis placed on the rules of grammar and punctuation,

spelling and the ability to develop a legible handwriting style.

In addition to reading and writing, pupils’ speaking skills are developed through a variety

of opportunities for public performance, such as: class assemblies, plays and whole school

productions. This specific focus allows the pupils to gain confidence in speaking publicly which is

an important life skill that assists them in preparation for their 11+ and 13+ entrance interviews.


Science

All pupils are taught science and from Year

5 pupils are taught in a well-equipped,

purpose-built science department. There is a

good balance of discussion, demonstrations

and pupil practical work; topics which do not

lend themselves easily to demonstration or

practical sessions are normally enhanced by

watching relevant videos.

Apparatus is available to allow pupils to work

in pairs. Safety is constantly discussed and

potential hazards are fully assessed before

experiments are carried out.

Science lessons up to and including Year 8

will ensure that they are fully prepared for

when they transfer to senior school. The

children are very well prepared for success in

their 13+ entrance examinations in Year 8.

Design Technology

DT lessons offer skills in graphic design, introductory electronics, resistant materials (wood,

plastics etc.) as well as simple work with paper, card, textiles and food technology. Safe working

in all these areas is constantly reinforced.

In the classes the children will undertake craft work connected with their ongoing topics.

As pupils progress up the school and new techniques are learned, the projects are regularly

linked to other curriculum areas as appropriate.

Children have the opportunity to link their DT with computing and start to investigate smart,

programmable, devices.


Geography

The overriding aim of our geography course is to instil in the pupils an interest in their own

environment in particular and the whole world in general, to keep up to date with what is

happening around us in the world, and to be aware that some world events may have an impact

on us. Pre-Prep visit London to see the River Thames, Prep 5 visit Kew Gardens and Prep 7 do

their field work in a local river system.

Children are not normally required to sit a

Geography paper for their 11+ examinations,

however their Geography lessons up to and

including Year 6 will ensure that they are fully

prepared for when they transfer to senior

school.

Boys are prepared for the Common Entrance

Examinations at the age of 13+, together

with any of the individual Senior School

entry examinations which they are required

to sit.

History

In teaching history at QHS, we aim

to inculcate a wide range of learning

opportunities and a love of the subject in

pupils and to encourage them to be able

to observe history through the past. Pupils

will develop skills in sifting and evaluating

information from a variety of sources.

A range of topics from ancient civilizations to

modern times are taught and pupils gain an

understanding of the chronological sweep of

British and world history and the events that

have shaped our country today.

We aim to prepare pupils to engage with

historical enquiry and to be prepared to

develop their love and knowledge of history

in senior school.

Senior pupils are offered the opportunity to

enter for the prestigious Townsend Warner

History Prize in which QHS pupils regularly

appear among top 100 children in the

country.


Sports

There is undoubtedly a connection between

health and fitness and a child’s academic

attainment. That is why children of all

abilities at Quainton Hall School take part in

a wide-ranging programme of PE, Games and

Swimming as part of the curriculum.

Experience of games also enables a child

to grow in confidence and stature. Teambuilding

and representing Quainton Hall

School in competitive fixtures are important

too and give experience of winning and

losing as well as being healthy and enjoyable.

Camaraderie and good sportsmanship

permeate all that we do in this important

area.

Our House structure enables children to play

in sports’ competitions throughout the year.

We maintain a healthy fixture list with other

schools, with matches organised from the

age of six.

Our children will go to senior schools, where

there is an ever greater choice of sports and

activities so we aim, therefore, to provide

a range of games and activities for them

to sample, but we also seek to enable all

Quaintonians to find something at which

they can excel.

Quainton pupils are welcomed at senior

schools for a wide variety of reasons, not

least because they are team-players and they

join in!

We have our own heated indoor swimming

pool and an astroturf pitch on site for all

sports. We also have the exclusive use of the

Old Millhillians sports facilities nearby.


Computing

The school has computers networked

together in almost all teaching rooms, along

with a suite of 24 machines in a purpose built

computer suite. The network offers pupils a

wide range of standard office software, along

with a number of education-specific titles.

Each pupil is given their own secure folder for

their computer project work, much of which

derives from cross-curricular links with other

academic subjects. All children from the Preprep

upwards have a computing lesson each

week in our computer suite.

A breadth of appropriate peripherals is in use

throughout the school, allowing everyone

a wide experience of computer technology

in all its forms. The aim of the computing

teaching in the school is to provide all pupils

with experience of standard and specialist

software to enable them to use computers

successfully in their work in any subject

or discipline they choose to follow in later

school or adult life.

Programming is taught

throughout the school,

instilling the logical thought

processes which will be so

vital in mƒ walks of

adult life.


Music

Very many of our children learn a musical instrument and secure high music grades in their

time at Quainton Hall. The Music Department at Quainton Hall School follows closely, but

not exclusively, guidelines laid down by the National Curriculum for music. The subject plays

a very important part within our school curriculum and provides many opportunities for

cross-curricular work. Music enjoys a high profile at Quainton Hall and musical activity and

performance receive support from staff and parents alike.

All pupils are given the opportunity to have

access to practical music-making at all levels,

regardless of ability. Many social skills are

developed within the Music curriculum:

enjoyment, participation, sharing and

teamwork, self-control, self-confidence,

self-expression and communication, to

name but a few. It is the aim of the Music

Department that every pupil will be involved

in some way with the musical life of the

school. All children have the opportunity

to learn a musical instrument and a team of

specialist teachers provides a wide variety

of instruments to choose from. They are also

able to study for Associated Board Practical

and Theory Examinations.

Singing is a popular option and there are

many opportunities to sing in concerts,

Chapel services and productions, as well

as joining one of the School Choirs, which

perform regularly.

Musicians at QHS have had

success at scholarship level

and in recent years pupils

have gained bursaries and

scholarships to Harrow School,

Bedford School and Merchant

Taylors’.

Everyone has the opportunity to attend

professional concerts, recitals or productions,

and experience workshops with visiting

artists/musicians. All pupils of an appropriate

standard are encouraged to join either the

School Orchestra or the Wind Band or both,

and to perform at our regular concerts. Music

activities are planned in such a way as to

encourage the full and active participation

and enjoyment of all our pupils.


Theology, Philosophy

and Religion

Pupils study Christianity and the fundamental

tenets of other main religions represented by

pupils in the school.

Teaching begins with an increasing awareness of

core human values, an understanding of

right and wrong and a developing knowledge of

the religious dimension in human experience.

This is done in a variety of ways including circletime,

assemblies, cross-curricular topics

and special celebrations and festivals. The

Religious Studies curriculum works with other

aspects of the teaching programme in school to

achieve social, moral, cultural and spiritual

awareness, allowing pupils to evaluate their own

belief systems against the principle

teachings of other faith traditions.

As pupils move up the school, there are increasing opportunities for independent learning and

project work and pupils gain an understanding, through a study of texts and debate, current

issues in the wider world that have a religious dimension.

Pupils are taught to respect the faith traditions of fellow pupils and

the approach to Religious Studies teaching rests upon the notion of

the pupils’ initiation into knowledge and experience, rather than

being required to accept a given set of beliefs.


Drama

Drama thrives at Quainton Hall. Before

leaving the school, every child will take

part in at least one play or choral-speaking

production. The importance of Drama is fully

recognised, in that all sections of the school

have an opportunity for public performances.

Our experience is that senior schools take

a keen interest in this aspect of a child’s

contribution to school life.

There is a play or musical in addition to a number of minor productions

in the course of the academic year, which involve as many

of our pupils as possible, including children in the Pre-prep and

Nursery school. Theatrical groups visit us and there are regular

trips to the London theatres.

Art

Art is a strength of the school, as a wide variety

of displays of children’s work around the

school continue to testify. We are lucky to have

the services of an Art specialist who is able to

develop the pupils’ talents using a wide variety

of media over their time at the school.

Our senior pupils have

regularly shone in local and

national competitions and

several art scholarships and

awards have been offered to

our leavers in recent years.


Activities

All children at Quainton Hall School from an early age are offered many extra-curricular

opportunities. From the age of 7 each child is expected to take part in at least one extracurricular

activity each term chosen from more than a dozen offered.

This contribution to school life is noted in the annual report and forms part of the reference

which we supply for each pupil on transfer to senior school.

Extra-curricular activities are

held during the lunch hour and

after school. The extensive list

includes Taekwondo, Ballet,

Chess, Orchestra, Tennis and

Cookery to name just a few.

The full list for each term

is available by emailing the

school office.

All offer pupils the opportunity

to improve their skills in some

aspect of their education;

all activities are designed to

broaden a child’s learning

experience.


Extra-Curricular Programme

“Pupils’ educational experience is

complimented by a range of extra-curricular

activities that is extensive for a school of this

size.” ISI Inspection Report.

As part of our school aims, we provide a

broad and balanced education in which we

teach skills and foster attitudes and values

that will be of lasting benefit to our pupils

throughout their lives.

Our extra-curricular programme helps us to

develop these attributes and an extensive

range of clubs, visits to places of interest and

our invitation to speakers and theatre groups

into school all help to enrich the curricular

experiences of our pupils.

During their time at QHS, pupils have the

opportunity to enjoy a range of activities and

to develop their talents, skills and interests.

Whether it is sport, drama, public speaking,

music or a theatre visit there is something for

everyone!

The extra-curricular contribution to school

life by pupils is noted in termly reports and

also forms a part of the reference we supply

for each pupil on transfer to senior school.

Creativity, curiosity, teamwork and determination, a zest for

learning and developing new talents are attributes that we value

highly at QHS.


Beliefs & Values

Quainton Hall prides itself on providing a nurturing and caring environment in which girls and

boys can learn, develop and grow. Our mission is to equip every child, regardless of learning

style, with the skills they need to fulfil their potential and to prepare them for the opportunities

and challenges of the 21st Century. We feel passionately that every child is entitled to a rigorous,

broad and inspiring learning environment, with teaching tailored to maximise the achievement

of each child’s individual potential. Our commitment to this individual approach means we are

able to understand, support and guide each pupil in our care, which in turn leads to each pupil

meeting, and frequently exceeding, their innate potential. Our academic tradition and record of

outstanding academic success, coupled with our recent double excellent ISI inspection reports

and overall parent satisfaction, are testament to the strength of our school.

The children are encouraged to play outside at break times and enjoy each other’s company.

A comprehensive PSHCE programme is part of the curriculum for the whole school and is

designed to help children develop their social and emotional skills.


Food

The link between good diet and good health

is well known to us, to our pupils and to

parents. Children are able to learn more

effectively when they have had a decent

breakfast at home and lunch at school. While

we ask those staying all day in the Nursery to

provide their own packed lunch, everyone

from the age of 4+ has the choice of a

cooked lunch each day.

There is a varied menu with a choice of hot

and cold food (as well as a vegetarian option)

available every day and there is an emphasis

on good, healthy eating. Our school food is

freshly prepared in our own kitchen by our

experienced and committed staff, who take

a real pride in their work. Lunch is always

supervised by members of staff.

Our pupils enjoy the range of food on offer.

Parents are also reassured to know that

their children have the benefit of a cooked

meal in the middle of a very full and busy

working-day.

Parents

The school owes much to a willing and loyal

body of parents. Our fruitful and committed

partnership between home and school

contributes to the happy and positive

atmosphere enjoyed by pupils, parents and

visitors. High expectations of work, conduct

and play shared with the parents benefit the

children in our care and help to secure their

future happiness and success.

Communication between school and home

is maintained by means of the website news,

emails and regular meetings.

The Friends of Quainton Hall School work

hard to support the school, not least socially,

and to provide additional resources and

facilities. Parents are invited to become

members of the FQHS on joining the school.


Quainton Hall Preparatory School & Nursery

Hindes Road, Harrow HA1 1RX

Tel: 020 8861 8861

Email: admin@quaintonhall.org.uk

www.quaintonhall.org.uk

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