I am delighted to welcome you to Elizabeth College Junior School. Appreciating that happy children achieve helps us all to focus on what is most important in the early years of the educational experience for all pupils. I could write about the strengths of our pastoral care systems or academic excellence, but the truth is that children are happy if they make friends at school and if they are treated and treat each other with kindness and compassion. My message to parents, staff and pupils at the beginning of term is always to aim high, be kind and be brave.
But what do the children learn at Elizabeth College Junior School? Whilst it is true that the 3 Rs remain the cornerstone of our provision, in the 21st Century, resilience, teamwork and communication top the list of desirable attributes by employers. These are key skills that we aim to develop at Elizabeth College Junior School alongside a love of learning in all its forms.
In aiming high, we seek to ensure that any future successes or happiness, any achievements where children have exceeded their expectations, are because of their time at Elizabeth College Junior School and not in spite of it. The joy of teaching is that all children are different; our challenge is to create an environment in which success for the individual is inevitable.
Richard Fyfe – Headteacher, ECJS
THE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Elizabeth College Junior School is an integral part of Elizabeth College but with its own Headteacher, Leadership Team and Staff.
The Acorn House campus houses the Pre-School for girls and boys from 2½ to 4 years of age and the Pre-Preparatory department for girls and boys from 4 to 7 years of age. The Beechwood campus houses the Preparatory department for girls and boys aged 7-11 years.
Our academic philosophy is simple – every child is a born learner, designed to absorb knowledge and skills at a fast rate. It is our role, as a school, to foster and encourage this innate curiosity and make sure that all of the children in our care reach their full potential. We are quietly ambitious for every single one of them, encouraging a growth mindset in all pupils and ensuring that they are taught the skills and dispositions that will lead to a lifelong love of learning.