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Junior School Home
Welcome from the head of the Junior School
I hope you find this website an informative and welcoming 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 innovative range of lessons and experiences.
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
Find out more about life and learning at SLC
Scholarship Morning - Saturday 8th February 2020
Junior School steps back in time for Victorian Christmas
Pre-Prep pupils perform heart-warming Nativity
Year 4 pupils lead a Thanksgiving assembly
St Lawrence College has become Kent's only High Performance Learning World Class School, one of only 14 schools globally to achieve this coveted accolade.
Governing Body appoints Barney Durrant
This concert was a truly wonderful occasion, showcasing many of the school's ensembles and some talented soloists.
SLC families enjoyed an exclusive evening at the Turner Contemporary
Junior School boarding girls organised a fundraising event
The average class size is 16 pupils. This ensures that 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, whilst 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 plentiful resources.
90 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, (including harp), 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 String Ensemble, with many occasions for pupils to perform and share their talents throughout the year.
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.
13 Junior School pupils were awarded a scholarship to St Lawrence College Senior School for September 2018. 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, worth up to 25% of fees, are offered at 11+ for outstanding academic ability, or for those whose talents lie in the field of sport, music, drama or art.
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, 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 30 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, e.g. 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: arts and crafts, coding, cooking, drama, fencing, gardening, horse riding, magic, sailing and swimming.
There are approximately 200 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 who join our boarding family in Kirby House where they are looked after 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.