Children join the Junior department of the school at age 7, moving into Year 3 and a new part of the school. At Richard Pate, we understand that moving up into a new section of the school can be a daunting prospect and we take every step to ensure the transition is both smooth and natural for the children.
There is a gradual increase in the specialist teaching as children progress through the Junior Department; the needs and capabilities of the individual are always the prime consideration. Nevertheless, we continue to strive for academic excellence the children are expected to do homework each week and over weekends. We expect parents to create the right environment in which homework can be done. Learning support is provided for children experiencing difficulties with their work.
There are two Deputy Heads, who oversee academic progress and pastoral welfare, and every class has a class teacher to whom the children can directly relate.