Shakespeare’s Globe, the Golden Hinde, Ely Cathedral and the Museum of London – these are just some of the places that pupils from Dame Bradbury’s School in Saffron Walden will visit this Spring.
Other highlights ahead at this inspiring Essex school include a visit from MP Sir Alan Haselhurst, workshops with scientists from the Sanger Institute and a flypast by owls from the Raptor Foundation!
Such trips and visits are an integral part of Dame Bradbury’s commitment to true educational breadth, which leads to academic excellence and encourages children to learn for the sheer joy of it. There is an equal emphasis on pastoral care and good manners and the School was ranked “outstanding” in its most recent inspection.
Children at the School achieve success in many different areas. A team of pupils came ninth out of 107 independent prep schools in the ‘satips’ General Knowledge Challenge, and sixth in the Quiz Club General Knowledge Championship finals, out of some 300 schools.
Four Year 5 children also came eighth in the Quiz Club Year 5 Science Championship finals, out of 220 prep schools, and the School has been awarded a Silver Primary Science Quality Mark – recognising the very best practice in science teaching and learning. IT is also a key learning area, with iPads used in all forms from Nursery upwards.
Children also achieve significant team success in many sports including cricket, rugby, tennis and athletics, as well as individual success in sports ranging from golf to showjumping.
The performing arts are equally important, with four school plays and three concerts each year, as well as two assemblies presented by each form – all of these events build children’s self-confidence.
The School’s commitment to outdoor learning has earned an RHS Level 4 ‘Campaign for School Gardening’ Certificate and an Alan Titchmarsh CSFG Award; it has also been designated an RHS Flagship Gardening School.
Children join the Nursery from age three; there is also an intake into Reception and pupils can join other years if places are available. Early and Late Stay programmes offer care from 7.30am-6pm, and there are two morning shuttles from Audley End station, ideal for commuting parents.
Pupils progress to many senior schools, both state and independent, including
Perse Girls, Perse Upper, St Mary’s, The Leys, Felsted, Friends’ and Saffron Walden County High. Many pupils win art, sport, music or academic scholarships, further demonstrating the broad education offered by Dame Bradbury’s.
This term, there are several free events at the School. There are two Pre-School Play sessions for children from 9.30am-10.30am: Big Gym on Tuesday 29 January and Storyplaytime with storyteller Justine de Mierre on Tuesday 26 February.
Head of Pre-Prep Lorna Stranger will present a talk entitled ‘Developing a Love of Reading’ for parents of pre-school children on Thursday 21 February, 9.30-10.30am – one of a number of parenting talks held regularly at the School.
On the School in Action Open Morning on 6 March, 9.30-11.30am, parents can tour the School on a normal working day.