|11a High Street, DE65 6GE, UK Repton|
+44 (0)1283 703258
Welcome to St Wystan’s School, Repton. We are an Independent school catering for children from 2 to 11, having recently celebrated 80 years of excellence in education. These pages are intended to give you a flavour of what we have to offer your child and we hope that it will encourage you to visit us in the near future.
The village of Repton enjoys a long tradition of high quality education. Set in the heart of the village, St Wystan’s School is very much part of that tradition. Through the school’s founder, Lady Fisher, wife of the then Headmaster of Repton School, the origins of St Wystan’s lie in the church and the support of traditional educational, social and cultural values promoted by the school and its staff.
The school is divided into four Houses, each with a Housemistress, whose concern is the pastoral, academic and physical development of the children in her care. The House system serves to reinforce and develop the qualities of courtesy and self-esteem, teamwork and leadership, a sense of responsibility and the pursuit of excellence.
St Wystan’s provides an all-round education with each child being valued as an individual. Academic standards are high and our aim is for each pupil to reach their full potential within a happy, friendly and vibrant atmosphere. The school is alive with the positive approach that we take towards teaching and learning. Pupils learn to work with concentration and enthusiasm whilst consideration, good manners and thoughtfulness for others are encouraged.
Please do take the opportunity to come and see our beautiful surroundings and experience our unique atmosphere. You can be assured of a warm welcome.
The aim of the Lowers department is to provide children with the best possible start to their education. It encompasses the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 classes (Key stage 1) and provides a secure, happy and welcoming learning environment until the age of seven years. Children usually join Kindergarten in the September after their fourth birthday, with many progressing from the St Wystan’s Nursery.
The friendly happy and caring atmosphere fostered in the Lowers department allows the children to develop self-esteem and confidence. The teaching and learning environment is carefully planned to stimulate the children’s development in all areas of the curriculum. The experienced teaching staff are ably supported by classroom assistants and parental partnerships, which enable the children to gain the individual attention that they deserve in our small class sizes.
In the Lowers there is a strong emphasis on developing Language and Numeracy skills. The teaching of reading, using a range of methods, is given a high priority and most children are able to read well above their age as they move into the Uppers at 7 years of age. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum but not bound by it so that we are able to offer a breadth of experience to the pupils.
Creative skills are encouraged through artwork, music and drama. ICT is taught through access to classroom computers and also with lessons in the ICT suite using networked software and Interactive Whiteboards. The children have P.E. twice a week with a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. All the pupils have the opportunity for swimming lessons during the year.
In the Upper school the core subjects of English, Maths and Science are gradually developed leading to specialist teaching in Years 5 and 6. A full range of National Curriculum subjects is taught with French, Music and PE taught by specialist teachers. Our ICT suite is fully networked, as is the whole school, and incorporates an interactive whiteboard. This allows ICT to be included across the curriculum as well as there being specific skill based lessons. Our teaching and learning strategy is to give opportunity and experience to children of all abilities, providing stimulating and motivating lessons with the emphasis on diversity and creativity.
As the children progress through the school they are encouraged to become individuals, accepting more responsibility for their actions and learning, whilst demonstrating a sense of community and mutual respect. By Year 6 the pupils are ready to assume positions of responsibility, which include Prefects, House Captains, Sports Captains and Head Boy and Girl. They are expected to be positive role models for the younger children in the school and to lead by example.
Year 6 are also given individual attention in preparation for a wide range of Senior School destinations at age 11. These are decided upon in partnership with parents and considering each child’s needs, interests and potential. Our pupils are frequently awarded Academic and Music Scholarships to schools such as Trent College, Repton School, Derby High School, Derby Grammar School and Denstone College.
In Year 5 and 6 the pupils are given the opportunity to take part in residential school holidays to such places as Wales, York, Edinburgh and London. Outward Bound holidays are also organised with an outdoor pursuits theme involving activities such as canoeing, abseiling and teambuilding exercises. These visits are optional, not compulsory, and are all well staffed.
All our P.E., Games and Swimming lessons are taught by specialist teachers, enabling the pupils to develop their skills and confidence. A wide variety of sports are taught, depending on the age group and the time of year, so that the children can experience as many different activities as possible and they can find their sporting interests. They include swimming, football, netball, tag rugby, kwik cricket, rounders, cross-country, gymnastics, badminton, athletics, hockey and dance.
We have a range of facilities at our disposal to use for the various aspects of PE including a gym, sports fields, playground and swimming pool. This gives us the flexibility to provide a continuous programme of physical activity all year round.
We are keen to promote the participation in team sports and are focussed on the taking part rather than the winning. All pupils have a chance to represent the school at some sport during their time at St Wystan’s. Good sportsmanship is strongly emphasised. We have teams for most sports including swimming, football, athletics, tag rugby and cross-country. These cover a range of levels from ISA Midland area events to National representation. There are also House competitions that we hold within the school and we have an annual Sports Day to which family and friends are warmly invited.
We continue to have success in sport and most recently we have had representation in the ISA National Swimming Championships. In the past we have had success in cross-country, football and athletics with children going on to represent the county or nationally.
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