Baddow Hall Junior School aims to provide teaching of high quality in order that the highest possible standards are achieved relative to the pupils' age and ability. We aim to provide an environment in which children feel secure and respected, also to provide a curriculum which is responsive to individuals' interests and which encourages curiosity and perseverance. Thus, we aim to develop pupils self esteem, self-discipline and independence, seeking to achieve this in a happy environment in which pupils respect the opinions, property and talents of others and demonstrate care for one another.
Pupils are divided into classes according to age, with tailored programmes of work being provided for pupils with special educational needs. Classes are made up of un-streamed children, with the years 3 and 4 comprising the lower school and years 5 and 6 the upper school. Teaching is an amalgam of various methods ranging from whole-class teaching, through group teaching to one-to-one teaching, as the class teacher decides is appropriate. Children are encouraged from the beginning to make decisions for themselves. Such decisions are, at first, simple but as pupils progress through the school the range and importance of decision-making is extended. We aim to produce self-motivated, self-disciplined and self-confident children, who, on transfer to the secondary phase, are fully prepared to meet the greater demands made upon them.
The school has recently introduced a system of four houses – Baddow House, Baddow Court, Baddow Lodge and Baddow Place. The children, staff and governors are all placed within one of these houses. This has proved very popular with the children and house points are awarded for quality work, excellent behaviour and other achievements such as at our sports day.