Academic Life

 

“The quality of pupils’ work across the school is typically well beyond age-related expectations.”

ISI Educational Quality Inspection - June 2019

T he Old Vicarage School prides itself on being a non-selective school at Reception which achieves high academic standards.  Our academic curriculum is delivered through superb teaching, first-rate IT facilities and modern approaches to learning. Small class sizes, a committed teaching staff and an emphasis on academic excellence, enable girls to set themselves high standards in everything they do. Teaching is tailored to girls’ particular strengths and abilities and subject specialist teaching increases as our girls progress through the school, becoming the norm from Year Three onward.

“Pupils demonstrate accomplished information and communication technology (ICT) skills and produce work of high quality,”

ISI Educational Quality Inspection - June 2019

We have embraced technology, with Smart TVs in every classroom, a brand new ICT suite and the school VLE platform, Firefly, becoming an integral part of the education of every girl.  Those in the Upper School have an iPad each, with Years 5 and 6 taking theirs home.  Lower School have class sets available and the girls are quickly getting used to referring to instructions, additional information and challenges presented by their teachers.

These do not, however, replace the critical core skills nor the need to communicate fluently on paper.  Our girls are given a thorough grounding in literacy and numeracy, leading to the study of discrete subjects such as English, mathematics, science, computing, religious education, history, geography, French and Mandarin. These are enhanced by music, drama, art and physical education at every age.

Outside the classroom, there are numerous opportunities for children to enjoy performing in assemblies, recital evenings, plays and concerts. Many girls take advantage of individual music and drama lessons with peripatetic teachers.

Through timetabled PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) and regular sessions with their form teacher, children learn how to be active inhabitants of the changing world in which we live, appreciating social issues and responsibilities.

We prepare girls not just for senior school, but for life and the demands of the 21st century. Our pupils are assessed regularly and internally in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, leading eventually to preparation for their choice of senior school, through the 11+ Consortium exams, Common Entrance exams and scholarship papers.

OVS Lower School Virtual Marathon

As this year’s London Marathon was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19, our lower school girls were challenged by Mrs Russell to take on the 26.2 miles themselves.  The girls could run, jog, walk, scoot or even cycle around the block or in their garden with the...

Soldier visits Little Vic

When a trip to Buckingham Palace had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the Little Vic girls were very disappointed. However, Miss Grayson quickly organised a surprise visit by a friendly soldier to the pre-school instead. The girls had a great time dressing their...

Alumnae Event – Thursday 30th April 6.00 – 8.00pm – POSTPONED

To mark our 90th year anniversary celebrations in 2021, we will be hosting a number of events to celebrate our school, teachers and pupils, past and present.  With this in mind, we would like to invite former pupils and teachers to attend our first Alumnae...

Richmond Borough High 5 Netball Tournament

On a very bitter and cold Wednesday 26th February, the U11 High 5 Netball Team travelled down the road to Barn Elms Sports Grounds for the annual Richmond Borough Netball Tournament. This event attracts 36 local State and Independent schools around the borough,...

Year 3 Spring Concert – Peter Pan

Our Year 3 took us on a magical Neverland adventure in which fairies, pirates and mermaids exist, children never grow up and people fly.  Along the way we met Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbelle and Tinkerbella, the lost boys and the horrible Captain Hook.  As...

Year 4 Spring Concert – Jack and the Beanstalk

The Year 4s performed the Jack and the Beanstalk musical, with the main characters Jack , his mum, auntie and Daisy the cow, all contributing to the humorous take of this popular fairy story. Jack, (definitely whiffy) and the friendly farm animals defy the Giant's...

Chinese New Year

The girls at Old Vicarage School celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Rat in style this year on Friday 24th January.  The school was decorated with red lucky messages and pictures and the girls came to school dressed in traditional Chinese outfits or wearing...

Old Vicarage School Carol Service

Our Carol Service really is one of the best evenings of the year, showcasing our talented girls in Years 3 to 6, with every girl in their final year having the opportunity to sing a solo or give one of the readings. St John the Divine is a lovely spacious church, and...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was three great Christmas stories told by the Lower School in their own unique ways.  The Reception girls performed to their parents, for the very first time, and delighted them with “Shine, Star, Shine” which was performed...

Year 5 Viking Day

Year 5 had a wonderful time experiencing elements of Viking life and spent the day working together in small groups.  They each tried making wooden shields and sewing sails that would eventually attach to a 6 metre scaled longship.  The rivets of the ship were tricky...
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