Junior School Home
Welcome from the head of the Junior School
I hope you find this website an informative and appealing first glance at our school.
Children are happiest when their school work excites them, when they are recognised for their achievements and supported if needed, when they feel safe, and when they have time to play. At St Lawrence College Junior School we take great care to support each child, nurturing them to reach their potential in all aspects of school life.
With spacious grounds, wonderful resources and a dedicated staff team we leave no stone unturned to find out what motivates your child, offering them an exceptional range of lessons and activities.
We have high expectations and encourage children to persevere to gain success; we are rewarded with children achieving great things academically, in sports and in the arts. We prepare each child for academic entrance to our Senior School or for the Kent Test, ensuring the very best outcome for your child.
I do hope that you will come and visit us.
Ellen Rowe, BA (Hons), PGCE, IAPS
Head of the Junior School
The new Science, Art and Design Technology School is really taking shape...
The first half of term ended with two celebrations of Harvest Festival.
Junior School pupils learnt in practical and fun ways that we are all unique.
Year 5 pupils went on an exciting visit to Wingham Wildlife Park on 5 October.
Year 4 pupils went on an exciting trip to Kent Life in Maidstone for a Viking-themed day.
Year 3 pupils enjoyed a wonderful and informative day trip to The Beaney in Canterbury.
Pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 went to the Gulbenkian Theatre to see 'Stick Man'.
Junior School pupils beat local schools to win St Lawrence College Football Tournament.
Enterprising Year 5 pupils organised a charity coffee and cake stall to raise money for 'Adopt an Animal'.
The average class size is 16 pupils. Our teachers really get to know each individual child’s needs, stretching and inspiring the most able whilst supporting and encouraging those whose confidence is still developing.
Children thrive in the school’s secure and positive environment where every child is made to feel valued, and happy and successful partnerships are developed between home and school. Junior School pupils enjoy all the benefits of a small, family-friendly atmosphere with the added advantages of spacious grounds, unbeatable facilities and wonderful resources.
80 individual and group music and drama (LAMDA) lessons are taken by Junior School pupils in an average week. Individual tuition is available on many different instruments: strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano and voice.
All pupils, from Reception up to Year 6, receive specialist-taught class music lessons. The school also offers many opportunities for extra-curricular music-making, including Choir, Orchestra and Samba Band, with many occasions for pupils to perform and share their talents.
Concert trips, recitals and workshops regularly enhance pupils' experience, and cross-curricular events ensure that connections are made between music and other aspects of their education.
19 Junior School pupils were awarded a Scholarship to St Lawrence College Senior School for September 2017. With high standards and expectations, all Junior School pupils are encouraged to persevere to gain success, whether it be academically, on the sports field or in the arts. As pupils progress through the Junior School they are prepared for academic entrance to our Senior School or for the 11+ Kent Test, ensuring the very best outcome for each child.
Senior School scholarships are offered at 11+ for outstanding all-round ability, academic, sporting or music disciplines, worth up to 25% of fees.
Pupils aged 7 and above receive a minimum of 270 minutes of sport each week. Through the Games programme, a wide range of sports are offered including football, hockey, rugby, netball, cricket, rounders, athletics and cross-country.
Children learn the value of fitness, co-operative teamwork, good sportsmanship and many other skills which complement their academic education, as well as playing competitive fixtures against other schools.
All pupils from Nursery upwards have swimming lessons in the school’s indoor swimming pool and benefit from access to the School’s outstanding sports facilities, including the Sports Centre, astro-turf pitch, water-based astro and acres of playing fields.
There are many extra-curricular opportunities available to pupils in the Junior School, with over 25 different activities on offer in an average week. For younger pupils there are late afternoon activities provided by both visiting specialists and members of teaching staff, eg Street Dance, Swimming, Speech and Drama, and Art Club.
For pupils in Years 3 to 6 most activities are incorporated into the popular optional Saturday morning programme. The list varies from term to term, depending on the time of year, but includes: scuba diving, cooking, taekwon-do, fencing, horse riding, swimming, computing, arts and craft, and gardening.
There are approximately 220 day pupils in the Junior School aged 3 to 11 years, split almost exactly 50:50 girls and boys. The School also accepts boarding pupils from age 7 and the small number of junior boarders are well looked after in Kirby House by the Junior Housemother, who provides a real sense of family for the children who live there.
The boarding house is modern, light and airy, with cosy dormitories and space to personalise to make it feel like home. A wide range of evening and weekend activities is provided for boarders, with additional events and fun day trips.