Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Family atmosphere gives our children sense of belonging

CHOOSING the right school for your child is one of the hardest decisions any parent makes,

CHOOSING the right school for your child is one of the hardest decisions any parent makes, not least because every child is different.

Most people in Henley have heard of Rupert House, the independent school for girls and boys set in the heart of the town.

The school caters for girls and boys from ages three to 11, with boys leaving at the age of seven to attend a range of highly regarded schools.

Rupert House prides itself on creating a caring, family atmosphere. With a very high staff to pupil ratio, the children are nurtured and feel a sense of belonging, so that they are ready to respond to the wide range of opportunities on offer.

During the first few years at Rupert House, the principal focus is on introducing the children to school life and to the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy, in small classes with plenty of structured play.

These experiences define the early stages of their own personal learning journeys.

As children make their way through the upper school, they are taught an impressive array of academic lessons by subject-specialist teachers. This approach brings consistently strong results and often scholarships to future senior schools.

The children are offered opportunities to discover a wide range of musical instruments, to perform in school productions, to compete with other schools in a range of sports and to participate in dozens of clubs.

Day and residential trips enhance the curriculum further. Rupert House was one of the first schools in the region to use the “outdoor classroom” as an innovative way to inspire and motivate learning.

The variety of activities and experiences on offer is designed to stimulate a range of talents and passions within the children at Rupert House. There will be something to awaken every child’s curiosity. Flexibility at either end of the day is a real bonus for many parents, so Rupert House offers enhanced day care with a popular breakfast club from 7.30am and an after-care club available until 5.45pm.

Headteacher Clare Lynas talks of bold initiatives in the areas of physical education, music, drama and ICT facilities, designed to ensure that Rupert House remains at the forefront of education. She says: “We have a long and proud tradition of excellence at Rupert House but, in a continually evolving world, we need to focus on the future while retaining the best of what we already do well.”

The ICT facilities boast Apple Mac hardware with the ability to boot both Windows and Mac systems so that pupils can become familiar with technology to support their learning and ultimately prepare them for the world of work.

Places at Rupert House are sometimes limited but whether it’s an open day or a visit to meet the head and see the school in action, the school always welcomes young visitors and their parents to find out more.

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