We have high expectations of our girls and want them to achieve their best. Differentiation is essential in ensuring that the needs of every girl are met and we offer every girl the opportunity to reach their potential, whatever her abilities. Each class has a maximum of twenty-four pupils and are then taught in half-classes for most subjects by specialist teachers. This unique approach to learning allows the girls to get the best education in smaller groups and with a high ratio of one adult to twelve they will flourish and become confident in their knowledge and have a good rapport with their teacher.
Whilst half a class is being taught French the other half maybe being taught Science which gives the girls and a strong academic base from which to excel. Our dedicated and highly experienced teaching staff nurture and challenge all the girls so that they experience the very best education at Stormont School.
Our Prep school is based in the main house. Years 3 and 4 will spend a greater part of the day with their form tutor and then be taught in half classes for some subjects such as French or Art moving around the school following their timetable. Years 5 move around the school for their subjects taught in half classes throughout the week whilst coming together for subjects, such as P.E. as a whole class.
Preparations are started at the beginning of Year 5 for entrance exams for senior schools. Parents are invited to attend various meetings with Prep staff and with the Head to ensure that discussions take place about the right school for your daughter. This time will also be used to prepare for Scholarship applications. Our staff are very experienced with the process and lots of support is put in place for this important stage of their school career.
Year 6 are split into half classes for form time, 6W (West) and 6E (East) on the top floor of the main house. They will be taught in these half classes for the whole year across all their subjects but come together for PE, sport and other school events. Academic learning is developed to extend the girls in preparation for their entry to a variety of schools in both the independent and maintained sector.
Year 3 and 5 have the opportunity to take the English Speaking Board exam at school by an external examiner. It is common for all girls to enter with excellent results.