What kind of education can I expect from St George’s Junior School?
At St George's Junior School personalised attention ensures that pupils master the skills of reading, writing and mathematics in the early years. The School inspires boys and girls to enjoy learning through varied lessons and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Christian values and the School's guiding principles of honesty and compassion are reflected in all activities. Pupils are expected to demonstrate high moral values and a genuine concern and compassion for each other and those in need.
How old are the children in the Nursery?
Children begin in the Nursery at age 2 upwards and progress to Year Reception as rising five year olds.
What is the balance between boys and girls?
We do not discriminate on grounds of gender, but our view of co-education is within a 60/40 boundary either way which usually works out as between 50% girls and 50% boys.
My daughter would like to learn French; what age do you introduce French?
Children start learning a few words and songs in Reception Year with full teaching beginning in Year 1.
How many students do you have at the Junior School?
There are currently 640 pupils in the Junior School.
Do you have to be Catholic to go to St George's Junior School?
No. The School welcomes children who belong to other Christian traditions.
Is St George's Junior School large for a junior school?
The Junior School has all the benefits of a large school, such as facilities, but has the advantage of small teaching classes.
The Junior School is divided into three sections - the Foundation Key Stage years in Nursery and Reception, Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).
Each Key Stage has a dedicated member of the Senior Management Team to look after it.
What is your maximum class size?
Our policy on class sizes is that we normally operate on 18-20 being the usual number in the Lower Years; however, there will be occasions during the course of a school year when the numbers lie both below and above by a small amount without affecting the quality of education. In the Upper Years, as a general rule we aim for 22 pupils per form; sometimes we have slightly fewer.
Do your students wear a uniform?
Yes. There is a strict uniform for all students from Nursery upwards including sports kit. No jewellery can be worn.
The uniform is available from The College Shop that is situated on the main St George’s College, Weybridge site.
What is your teacher to pupil ratio?
In the Nursery the ratio is 1 adult to every 8 children. In Reception, each class has a Teaching Assistant, providing a ratio of c 1:9 ensuring students gain personalised attention and support from their teachers.
In Years 1 and 2, there are dedicated Teaching Assistants for each class. Extra in class support from specialist learning support staff will be available throughout the year. In Years 1 and 2, Teaching Assistants work with the four Group Tutors providing a ratio of c 1:9/10. From Year 3 to Year 6, the ratio is anything between 1:18 and 1:22.
How long is your school day?
The school doors open at 8am and close at 5pm. Children must be collected from after school activities by 5pm.
The Nursery hours are from 8.30am to 12pm for those children attending mornings only sessions. The hours for those children attending full time are from 9am to 3pm.
For the remainder of the school, lessons begin at 8.45am and finish between 3.15pm and 3.40pm depending upon the age of the child.
Reception, Years 1 & 2 finishes at 3.15 pm and Years 3 to 6 at 3.40 pm.
There is a free supervised homework club run by members of the teaching staff after school. In addition there is a supervised waiting class for pupils in Reception to Year 2 until 4.45pm every day.
My child likes ballet; do you offer dance at the Junior School?
Yes. Pupils can also learn ballet, tap, street jazz and modern dance.
What is the standard of your sporting facilities?
St George’s Junior School has a fully equipped gymnasium, an artificial playing surface, all-weather tennis and netball courts as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool.
The Junior School has its own playing fields and also makes use of the sports facilities nearby at St George’s College, such as the Indoor Tennis Centre and the athletics track. In 2014, St George's Weybridge bought 40 acres of grassland immediately adjacent to the School site, which is used for many sports and outdoor learning activities, one of the most popular being our new 'forest school'.
How often will my child have the opportunity to use a computer?
Every day. In addition to computers in the classrooms, the Junior School has three fully equipped computer suites comprising 70 fully networked computers with interactive whiteboards.
My child is a vegetarian; will that be a problem at lunchtime?
Wholesome meals are cooked on site. Children are offered varied menus, including vegetarian options and a salad bar for the Upper Years.
Lunches are compulsory for Junior School children from Reception to Year 6.
We live in Twickenham; can you suggest the best way for my son and daughter to get to and from school?
St George's operates an extensive coach service that can be booked on a termly basis from the following areas:
Camberley, Ascot via Virginia Water, Old Windsor, Teddington, Sunbury, Kingston, Claygate, Guildford, Woking, Walton and a Weybridge service. There is also a shuttle service that operates between the Junior School and St George’s College, Weybridge.
We recommend that young children should only use the service if accompanied by an older sibling. Otherwise, we insist that the minimum age should be 7 years old.
What is your policy on bullying?
The family ethos of the school promotes a sense of mutual support and compassion amongst the pupils. This ensures that there is very little teasing in the school and that bullying or being given a hard time by pupils and/or staff is not tolerated.
Do you take children who have special educational needs?
Pupils within the Junior School who are experiencing difficulties with their academic work or who are identified as having specific learning needs will have appropriate support made available to them through specialist teachers.
Demand for places at the Junior School is high and candidates seeking admission will undertake assessments in Literacy and Numeracy and will be offered places provided they reach the required standard for entry.
The School uses the services of The Surrey Language Centre to provide support for pupils with English as an Additional Language.
We would like to look around St George’s Junior School - how do we arrange that?
If you would like to have an individual tour and arrange a meeting with the Headmaster, please contact the Admissions Manager Mrs Donna Palmer-Smith by email at DSmith@stgeorgesweybridge.com or on 01932 839437.
Do you need to apply for a scholarship to St George's College?
Yes. For those pupils seeking a Sport or Music 11+ Scholarship at St George's College they must apply to the Headmaster's Secretary at the College. Completed applications must be received before the end of November prior to the September entry.
Academic scholarships are awarded by the College at 11+ on the basis of the child's performance in the entrance exam.
Do you have first aid trained staff?
Yes. The Junior School employs dedicated first aid staff and all staff are trained in basic first aid.
Do you offer individual music lessons?
Yes. Individual music lessons are offered in all instruments including the harp. These lessons may be held before, during and after school. Music lessons are paid for on a termly basis. As of September 2016, the Junior School has an extensive and new 'Performing Arts Centre', which is widely used on a weekly basis by around 300 musicians at the Junior School.
Do children have the opportunity to go on school trips?
Yes. School trips include outings to the theatre, places of interest and cultural significance.
Year 5 pupils are invited to go on a two day residential trip to Normandy in France in the spring. Year 6 pupils are invited to take part in the residential outward bound course at Bowles which takes place during the summer half term.
My child would like to play in an orchestra - does St George's Junior School have an orchestra?
Yes. The School has an Orchestra and Jazz Band. In addition, there is a recorder, a string, a guitar and a brass ensemble. Music theory is also taught as a lunchtime activity.
The Junior School has two choirs – Year 3 and 4 Choir and the Chapel Choir. All children sing at various points during the year as part of the wider music curriculum.
Do children attend Mass?
There is a weekly Mass for pupils in Years 3 to 6. Children in Reception to Year 2 also have their own special liturgies on Feast Days organised by the school Chaplain. Parents are always welcome at these chapel services.
Are there parents' social events?
St George's Weybridge Parents' Association organises social events for both the Junior School and St George’s College. The events provide a social forum where parents, teachers and the Josephite Community have the opportunity to meet. Events vary from new parents' social evenings to the Quiz Night, the Spring Fete and the Summer Ball. In addition to the social benefits of these events, money raised is donated to the two schools.
Do you offer after school activities?
There is a wide range of activities available at the Junior School. Parents are notified termly of the activities on offer. These include music, sport, chess and various creative activities.
What is 'The Ark' new building?
'The Ark' is a brand new state of the art building at the Junior School specifically for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. It contains new, modern classrooms and resource areas, a dedicated IT suite, a new assembly room, new outdoor learning areas along with other features.
The new facility is very environmentally friendly with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind and includes low energy lighting, extra insulation and materials sourced from sustainable forests. Two of the roofs have a ‘living’ sedum cover to ensure that they blend into their natural surroundings.
All of the new facilities provide for existing pupil numbers at the Junior School rather than any expansion, whilst the considerable investment is being seen within the School community as a proactive, firm and confident investment in the future of Catholic Christian independent education in the local area.