The Times newspaper top 100 Prep Schools 2016 placed Lyonsdown School at number 4 in its rankings for England and Wales. As our school is non-selective on entry into Pre-Reception and Reception, we feel especially proud of this accolade and believe that part of the reason for our academic success can be put down to the fact that we have a high proportion of specialist subject teaching, particularly in the Upper School (Years 3 to 6).
At Lyonsdown we value the individual talents, subject knowledge and interests of our teachers, and use this to structure a learning programme which gives our pupils the best possible environment in which to gain essential knowledge, values and skills in a broad and balanced curriculum.
Each class has a form teacher (who may also be one of our specialist subject teachers), and a form room where time is spent together at the beginning and end of each day. Form teachers are responsible for the pastoral care of the children in their class.
The academic year is filled with many events, but two of the highlights for the girls in the Upper School are the Christmas Carol Service and the End of Year Summer Production. In the past, productions have included Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Lewis Carol’s, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and the musical “Annie”, as well as productions which the girls themselves have scripted. These have included a Victorian Music Hall, an Olympic/Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012 and”Keep the Home Fires Burning” in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the start of Word War I.
Each year, Years 5 and 6 enjoy separate 3 and 4 day residential trips. In October, Year 5 go to Fairthorne Manor, an outdoor activity centre owned and run by the YMCA in Hampshire. In May, Year 6 enjoy the many delights of Somerset, visiting Stonehenge on the way down; Glastonbury Abbey, Minehead beach and @Bristol Science Museum amongst other places of interest.
“Everyone is really lovely here, the teachers are so engaging.”