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.

Chinese New Year

Our girls celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday. A fun filled day making lanterns & origami rabbits, calligraphy writing & food tasting! They were even treated to a delicious Chinese feast at lunchtime! Gong Hei Fat Choi to our OVS community, wishing...

Christmas Carol Service

Last night our OVS community joined together for our annual Christmas Carol Service at St John the Devine. This 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...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was four great Christmas stories told by our pre-school and Lower School in their own unique ways.  Considering there were a few absences (including Mary!) in the lead up to these performances, the girls really pulled together...

Reindeer Visit

Despite their busy schedule, we were very lucky to have a special visit from Santa’s reindeer today.  All the girls were able to meet them and learn all about life on the North Pole!

Year 2 trip – Science Museum

As part of their topic on Space, our Year 2 girls recently visited the Science Museum! They visited the Space gallery and watched “Our Beautiful Planet 3D” in the IMAX, a fully immersive experience on board the International Space Station. They finished their day with...

Annual Prize Giving at Richmond Theatre

Today we were blessed to be able host our annual Prize Giving at Richmond Theatre for the first time in 3 years – a truly wonderful occasion to celebrate our OVS girls’ incredible achievements over the past 12 months and say farewell to our remarkable Year 6 girls. ...

Matilda Jnr

After weeks of hard work and rehearsals, our Year 6 girls performed their Leavers’ Play “Matilda Jnr” over two evenings at the Queen Charlotte’s theatre in the Richmond Adult Community College.  The girls excelled themselves with performances full of individual...

Year 6 Residential Trip to PGL Bawdsey Manor

Last week saw the return of our Upper School residential trips! Our Year 6 girls had a brilliant week at PGL Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. They did many exciting activities including orienteering, climbing, archery and assault courses. In the evenings there were...

Buddy Easter Egg Hunt!

Our girls braved the cold weather this morning for their annual Buddy Easter Egg Hunt at Terrace Gardens. It was great to see so many chocolate smiles! 🐣🍫

Year 3 Spring Concert – The Lorax

Year 3 brought one of Dr Seuss’ most powerful stories to life for their Spring Concert this year, ‘The Lorax’. The story detailed a cautionary tale about our duty to protect our precious planet. The girls mastered the whimsical Seussical rhymes and sang their hearts...