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.

Year 2 trip to The Poppy Factory

Following Remembrance Sunday, on Monday our Year 2 girls visited The Poppy Factory. They learnt all about how they manufacture the iconic poppy pins and wreaths used during Remembrance and the special meaning behind them. They even had a chance to make their own! They...

Reception trip to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

On Monday, our Reception girls visited Battersea Park Children's Zoo. The children learnt all about the different animals living there by our wonderful Zookeeper Sue. They saw monkeys, owls, pigs and even two emus called Ant and Dec! They also had time to play in the...

Lower School – House Cross Country

On Wednesday 13th October all of the Lower School girls and Little Vic made their way down to King George’s field to run in the Old Vicarage cross country event. It was brilliant to see the girls in their house colours ready to earn points for the competition. The...

Year 3 trip to The Roald Dahl Museum

This week the Year Three's had a razztwizzler time as they visited the birthplace of many of their favourite storybook characters.  They learned many fascinating facts on how Roald Dahl gained inspiration for his many wonderful stories and characters, whilst seeing...

Little Vic’s sunny afternoon at Terrace Gardens

Last week, the Little Vic girls enjoyed time in Terrace Gardens where they practised their sprinting for Sports Day in their PE lesson, as well as having a picnic lunch later in the week. The girls had a fantastic time in the sunshine, exploring the wonderful outdoors...

Year 5 Spring Concert – The Piper

Based on the traditional tale of the Pied Piper, the Year 5 girls enjoyed learning the beautiful melodies of the play, with their catchy rhythms, whilst bringing to life the Villagers of Hamelin town, from “way back, a long time ago.” The girls did amazingly as they...

Year 4 Spring Concert – Little Red Uniform

Year 4’s Spring Concert this year was ‘Little Red Uniform’ an updated version of Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red Uniform was an Old Vicarage girl taking a food parcel to an elderly grandma who was unable to get to the shops during lockdown. Having missed the...

Year 3 Spring Concert – The King’s Magic Cloak

Our Year 3’s told the story of a kind and generous King who lived in a big, but draughty castle.  After being persuaded by two cheeky double-glazing salesmen who offered him two magical cloaks, it soon turned out that not everything was as it seemed, and it is...

World Book Day

On Monday, OVS celebrated a delayed World Book Day and a chance for all the girls to mark this in school with their teachers and friends.  We opened our doors to Matilda, Pippi Longstocking, Willy Wonka, Hermione Grainger and many other characters from some of...

Year 5’s Flippin’ Fantastic Pancakes!

This week the Year 5 girls (along with Ms Freeman and Mrs McCartney) participated in a LIVE Zoom Pancake Cooking Event. This was a chance to PERFECT the perfect pancake before Shrove Tuesday next week.  As well as making plenty of pancakes to share with family...