Qualified teachers and NNEB staff provide a happy and secure atmosphere where structure and order support children in this early start to their education. Good adult/child ratios (1:8 across all age ranges) encourage a high quality of learning. The government's new Foundation Key Stage is followed in both Kindergarten classes but in Reception classes children progress to the National Curriculum.
Pupils have transferred over the years to many local maintained and Independent school and strong links have been forged with these. The Coventry School Foundation with its junior departments at King Henry VIII and Bablake schools receive the majority of pupils at seven and eight years old via selective examination. Their head teachers visit Davenport Lodge every year to speak to prospective parents and inform them about their schools. Pupils visit the schools informally from time to time, and have a rooming-in session prior to their transfer.
Baseline Assessment results after seven weeks in Reception inform teacher's planning enabling an individual approach to be taken. Then Foundation Stage Profiling takes place at the end of the Reception year. The school is a registered provider for Nursery Grant which parents can receive from the term after a child is 3 and in Reception classes. This is paid in a rebate of £416.00 for five or more sessions attended. There are seven classes in the school. Membership of the Independent School's Association (ISA) gained via accreditation inspection is a mark of quality and the school is also a member of ISCis.
Parental partnerships acknowledge parents as their children's first teachers and offer opportunities to participate in the Early Years curriculum. A homework diary shares information between home and school. Parental Workshops held in the Autumn give parents the opportunity to find out about how these subjects are taught and how they can make a contribution at home. Accompanying pupils on educational visits, and regular off site sports excursions and helping in fund raising events give parents the chance to support their children and others during the school day.