As a through school, we have the unique opportunity to monitor and support the progress of every pupil according to their strengths and abilities at each key stage. Offering experiences that are meaningful and child-centred is our focus, whether that be exploring the grounds during Nature and Mindfulness Walks in Early Years lessons, during Forest School sessions in Infants and Juniors, participating in the popular Duke of Edinburgh scheme, or even working alongside teaching specialists during Activity Weeks. A broad and balanced co-curricular programme develops social skills, nurtures a willingness to take risks, boosts confidence and enhances the development of leadership skills whilst also providing inspirational role models in our senior girls for the younger children in our community, continuously preparing our pupils for a life after St Nicholas’.
A new initiative launched in September 2018, Forest School has become a vital part of our co-curricular programme at St Nicholas’. Allowing children the freedom to take ownership of their own learning and activities in our beautiful woodland setting, provides countless benefits including exploration, discovery, creativity and resilience. Forest School sessions are delivered in blocks for consistency, rather than one-off visits, and significantly enhance the enjoyment of school life for our Infant and Junior children.
For the girls in Years 6 and 9, the ‘St Nick’s Camp Out’ consists of putting their own tents up, various activities and games and a BBQ, followed by a campfire with the customary toasting of marshmallows! After a night under the stars in our grounds, we all descend, en-masse, into the dining hall to a well-earned cooked breakfast.
Our commitment to the appreciation of the outdoors also extends to the wider community. In support of the National Trust, in September 2019 we became official School Members; this allows us the flexibility to visit National Trust properties and places of interest to further extend the pupils’ learning and experiences. Whether it be GCSE students studying Georgian architecture and furnishings, or den building for our younger pupils followed by a picnic in the grounds of a local estate, this partnership allows us access to some of the most beautiful and historically rich places in our area.
Yo - Chi
Pupils from Nursery to Year 6 take part in Yo - Chi every week as part of the curriculum or as a lunch time club. Pupils in Years 7 - 11 can join relaxation classes at lunch times. We believe it is important to teach children the key skills to take time out and relax in the busy lives we live today.