|Hollybush Lane, TN13 3UL, UK Sevenoaks|
+44 (0)1732 451334
Mrs Jill Milner MA (Oxon), PGCE
|The Headmistress, Mrs Jill Milner, has worked in a range of Girls' Schools Association schools including St Helen's Northwood and Headington School, Oxford as well as in the maintained sector. She joined Walthamstow Hall in 2002 from Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls. She is an ISI inspector of independent schools. She is happily married with three children. Her youngest daughter is a pupil at Walthamstow Hall Junior School. |
Our school has been dedicated to providing the very best in education for girls since 1838. Our academic record speaks for itself, but we believe education is about more than examination results, it is about developing people.
Our aim is to provide each girl with a broad and stimulating education that will give her a real enthusiasm for learning. Great emphasis is placed on pastoral care and extra-curricular opportunities. Whatever your daughter's talents, she will be helped to realise her potential by discovering her strengths and developing her interests.
The warm and friendly atmosphere at Walthamstow Hall, together with our dedicated staff, provides the ideal environment in which each girl can realise her potential in the classroom and beyond.
Junior girls are able to access the resources and facilities at the Senior School like The Ship Theatre and swimming pool in addition to the Junior School's own excellent facilities on its own site.
Our programme of development at both Junior and Senior sites ensures that girls are learning in an optimum environment.
We work in close partnership with parents at every stage and many families choose our own Senior School for the next phase of their education. New girls join the Senior School at 11+, 13+ and 16+ from over 20 'feeder' schools. Parents know that girls thrive when they are known, valued and well-taught by inspiring staff. Parents are always welcome to visit me to see the Senior School and meet the people who make Walthamstow Hall special.
I look forward to meeting you and your daughter. We hope you enjoy our website - do tell us what you think.
Warm welcome awaits you at Walthamstow Hall Junior School
Our well-established school has a reputation for providing a high quality education for girls aged two and a half to 11, where each child’s potential is realised in the safe and happy environments of both the Pre-Prep and upper Junior parts of the school.
We recognise the individual, and our well-qualified teachers are experienced in bringing out the very best in each child, through pastoral care that is second to none, and excellent teaching by specialists in Science, French, Drama, Art & DT, Music and P.E. from Year 3. Teachers ensure that every contribution is valued. The small class sizes and broad curriculum provide an excellent start to your daughter’s education, an experience that will be an enjoyable part of her childhood.
Classrooms are bright, cheerful and well equipped and our facilities are first-rate, as you would expect from a top prep school. Girls make full use of our dedicated Music Centre, ICT suite, Library, Science Laboratory and Art & Craft rooms.
The school was once a private residence and we are pleased to have maintained the relaxed and happy atmosphere of a family home, where girls settle quickly and soon know their way around.
In our idyllic surrounding grounds girls have a wide choice of play areas where they can enjoy their leisure time, sports activities and extensive choice of extra-curricular clubs. A new indoor swimming pool will be completed in the next academic year at our Senior School site.
Girls can start in ‘Little Shipmates’ Nursery from the age of two and a half with parents given the choice of flexible sessions. We recommend at least two sessions (morning or afternoons) a week to help your daughter feel familiar with her surroundings but feel that you are the best judge of how many sessions would be right for her at this age. Full-time attendance in Reception begins in the September after her fourth birthday when the girls begin a varied curriculum with many familiar faces.
At this early stage especially we recognise the importance of communication between parents and school. Parents are welcome to come and talk to me or our Headmistress, Mrs Milner, and any of the teachers at any time.
I welcome parents to weekly coffee mornings every Thursday and am also available first thing every morning and after school for a quick word. I am happy to make appointments during the day for you if you would like a slightly longer, confidential meeting.
We welcome parents to form assemblies, parents' evenings, musical teas, plays, matches, as well as social gatherings, all with the aim of developing strong relationships between parents, staff and pupils.
Classes are usually no larger than 16 pupils with two forms in each year group. This ensures small classes for learning and a wide social circle across the year group. In the Pre-Prep girls enjoy the security of being taught by their form teacher with specialist teaching in swimming, P.E. and ballet. From Year 3 girls are taught by specialist subject teachers for Science, French, Music, Drama, P.E., Swimming and Art. From Year 5 girls are taught Study Skills to prepare them for independent study.
Some girls win scholarships to prestigious independent senior schools including our own. Progression to Senior School is based on tests and an interview in Year 6. For those who want to go onto a local grammar school our record in the Kent Eleven-plus is excellent. The majority of girls choose to take advantage of the opportunity to go through to our own Senior School with their friends. Some will choose other Senior Schools – the girls are well prepared for entrance examinations and all doors remain ‘open’.
When the time comes for the girls to leave the Junior School they are well-educated, confident and independent individuals, with well-established spiritual and moral values to stand them in good stead for the future.
If you are considering a school for your daughter I recommend that you visit us to sense the happy, friendly and industrious atmosphere for yourself and discover what makes Walthamstow Hall Pre-Prep and Junior School so special. Please contact Mrs Timms, the Registrar, on Tel: 01732 451334 for a prospectus or to arrange a visit.
I look forward to welcoming you soon.
Mrs Penny Austin
Walthamstow Hall Junior School is a member of I.A.P.S. (The Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools) and G.S.A
Girls enter the Senior School at 11 from our own Junior School and a wide range of preparatory and primary schools - they can also enter at 13. Please ask about the Scholarships and Bursaries available for the Senior School.
The following table shows age, Walthamstow Hall form and National Curriculum year equivalents:
||Third Form (III)
||Lower Fourth (LIV)
||Upper Fourth (UIV)
||Lower Fifth (LV)
||Upper Fifth (UV)
||Lower Sixth (LVI)
||Upper Sixth (UVI)
Classes are rarely larger than 20 girls.
They enter into a wide curriculum that gives a broad basis from which to choose their GCSE subjects in Year 9. Where appropriate some GCSE subjects may be taken early. At Walthamstow Hall girls are able to choose option combinations freely rather than from pre-determined blocks of subjects. We are able to offer them maximum choice and flexibility in this way. The vast majority of pupils continue on to our Sixth Form to study their specialist subjects for AS and A Levels. We are extremely proud of our tradition of academic results in all the public examinations.
Our highly qualified and dedicated teaching staff, together with constantly updated facilities, provide the very best in education and equip girls for the challenges of the 21st century. Girls are encouraged to be confident independent thinkers.
Music, drama and sport are an integral part of the curriculum and also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities . These give opportunities for interaction within the school itself, with other schools, including boys' schools, the local community and with other countries.
At Walthamstow Hall we fully recognise the need to create a Sixth Form environment that acknowledges the maturity of our students, preparing them for university and adulthood.
There is greater freedom in the Sixth Form with the girls' own Sixth Form Centre for study and relaxation, including their own kitchen, quiet study room, ICT room and common rooms. They no longer wear uniform, but are expected to dress appropriately.
Alongside this freedom, the girls now have a significant role to play in the running of the school, having their responsibilities as Head Girl, Prefects, House Captains and in other leadership roles. They are also encouraged to use their initiative in addressing practical, social and business issues, through activities such as the Financial Literacy Challenge, Public Speaking Awards, The Challenge of Management, Voluntary Service Unit and work experience. Walthamstow Hall is the largest single contributor of volunteers to Sevenoaks V.S.U.
Virtually all our girls go on to higher education, having selected the best combination of AS and A Level subjects from the wide range available in the Sixth Form. There are 24 subjects available for AS/A Level. Teaching is in small groups which encourages stimulating and lively discussion and ensures attention to individual needs. The relationship with the staff is more informal and girls have more responsibility for their own research and reading, and the management of their time. Girls enjoy the breadth of subject choice and depth of study of their chosen subjects. At every stage they are given the stimulus, guidance and encouragement they need to become confident, articulate students.
Sport remains an essential part of the girls' lives and they are encouraged to pursue their own choices. Some may prefer team games such as lacrosse in our lst XII, others may opt for individual workouts in the gym.
At Walthamstow Hall we recognise that the two Sixth Form years may be the most important of a girl's life. Grades are not everything, however. We hope that the experience of learning will be intrinsically interesting and valuable, and prepare our students to be life-long learners and happily-balanced adults.
Please ask about the generous Scholarships and Bursaries available for girls staying on for or entering our Sixth Form.
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