- Providing a caring school community based on the student Mutual Respect Policy and the Park School Way that safeguards the well-being of all.
- Providing high quality teaching and learning to enable all children to maximise their potential.
- Creating a stimulating, rich and engaging curriculum tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
- Working as a whole school to encourage an attitude of resilience and perseverance in order to foster confidence and positive self-esteem.
- Supporting personal development of each student through their journey to higher education and employment.
- Creating a successful partnership with parents, carers and the local community.
The Park School Way
The interwoven threads of the Park School curriculum are:
We believe that our students should recognise the value of diversity and alternative views, and learn to be socially responsible 21st century citizens.
We provide a child-centred, integrated social and educational experience from age 4 to 16.
We are proud to be an all through school.
Inspectors who recently visited the school observed this relationship and said;
“Park has delightful girls who are outward going, supportive of each other and we are a true 4 – 16 school with the senior students working with and supporting the younger students.”
The Park School way provides the guiding principles and framework that both staff and pupils adhere to:
- Treat others as you want to be treated
- Be inclusive
- Be kind and helpful
- Be honest
- Work hard to do your best and to be your best self
Nurturing a love of learning
We are committed to nurturing a love of learning and for this to happen, we believe that learning needs to be;
Passing examinations is important. However, we want our students to take exams in their stride, and value their learning beyond the exam grade.
We therefore strive to create an environment which allows the children to develop the skills and habits of mind to become well rounded, emotionally resilient, inquisitive life-long learners; well prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life.
Juvenis Certamine Crescit translates to Strive Through Adversity.
History of our School
Park School for Girls was founded in 1974 by parents, who purchased the buildings from Clark’s College.
Many alterations have been made and extensions added to the original site over the years.
A comment from a Year 11 Parent:
“We are very pleased with the hard working and assiduous teachers who stress on the development of the student as a whole person and provide an environment where students can succeed.”
Park School in the 21st Century
This motto is still current today and forms the basis of our ethos to encourage all the girls to be the best they can be. Encouraging students to FAIL ultimately leads to success.
An integral part of the Park School ethos is to encourage our students to learn how to FAIL (First Attempt in Learning); this approach enables students to develop the skills and attitude to studying which gives them confidence and resilience, enabling them to realise their full potential.
The students are stretched and challenged in a happy and secure environment whilst developing the life skills they need for the future.
Reception Class (EYFS)
In our Reception class the children follow the revised Early Years Foundation Stage which has clear targets for the children to reach as they complete this phase of their learning journey and then enter Key Stage 1.
The curriculum focuses on early literacy and numeracy skills as well as investigative skills and learning through play; together with the development of personal, emotional and social skills and the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around us.
Key Stage 1-2
Teaching tends to be class-based. This enables the pupils to have the continuity offered by their class teacher, as well as the benefits of specialist teachers. Aside from the obvious academic benefits, this also prepares pupils for moving to the Senior School, where a greater degree of independence and personal organisation is required, this can be learned in the nurturing environment of our school.
In addition to the focus on numeracy and literacy, students study a range of subjects;
Science, Geography, History, PSHEC, Religious Studies, ICT, French, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Speech, as well as Spanish from Year 5.
Students are taught by subject specialists in:
- Physical Education
*From Year 5.
The progress of the students is tracked and monitored by the Head of Academic of the Prep School.
At Park, we believe that children are entitled to the highest quality education, which enables all children to achieve their full potential, and so prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life.
The curriculum is the main vehicle by which children are provided with learning experiences. We strongly believe that the curriculum we offer motivates all students to achieve their best and prepare them for life in the 21st century.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant.
Key Stage 3
Students are taught a broad range of subjects, providing them with opportunities to develop their potential. Areas include ICT, humanities subjects, Art and Music.
Students are taught by subject specialists in every department. ICT is compulsory until Year 9, reflecting our commitment to providing students with the tools to live in the 21st century. All pupils study French and Spanish to enable students who are linguists to widen their scope.
They study general science until Year 9 and then focus on Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately in preparation for GCSE.
Physical Education and PSHEC are also a key aspects of the curriculum. Students are only set in Maths.
Key Stage 4
In Year 10, pupils will normally study 9 GCSEs. The Science Department offers both Separate Sciences and a Combined Science Award, the Triple Science Course suits those who are committed to a science related career. Their choice is also governed by a Departmental entry requirement.
Optional Subjects offered at GCSE are;
- Business Studies
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
Every subject assesses pupils against National curriculum expected standards of attainment throughout the year, allowing staff and pupils to monitor progression. Our Head of Academic for the Senior School is responsible for overseeing this.
Both the Preparatory School and the Senior School have a Head of Pastoral Care. We see Park School as one big family where everybody knows each other and is supported by one another. In addition each student has their Class Family supported by their Class Teacher in the Prep School and a Form Family supported by the two Form Teachers assigned to each class in the Senior School.
They also have their House Family, with every child belonging to one of three Houses; Cranbrook, Valentine and Wanstead who compete in House Drama, Music, Dance and Sport.
At Park the emotional well-being of the students is as important as their academic progress, as we strive to help the students to build confidence, a positive self-esteem and the resilience to cope with the pressures of life in the 21st century.
These programmes help us tackle bullying, we have a zero tolerance policy, and all the emotional issues girls may encounter as they navigate themselves through the journey of school life.
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