Merton Court School gives all children opportunities to enjoy and achieve within a positive, secure environment where they feel challenged, stimulated and safe. Our belief that children learn best when they are interested and motivated underpins the way in which the school is administered by a team of professional, well-qualified staff and assistants and led by a motivated, innovative Headmaster and Leadership Team.
The main school is separated from the Early Years Department and comprises a Foundation Stage setting, Key Stage One phase and Key Stage 2 phase. Although referred to by different phase names, the main school operates as one and all the classes involved in these three stages enjoy the facilities of the main school. There are slightly different pastoral expectations as children progress and parents are invited to meetings especially to discuss any difficulties of transition between Key Stage 1 and 2.
Timetables are slightly different for the three phases; everyone starting at the same time, 8.45 a.m. but finished differently. Foundation and Key Stage children leave at 3.15 p.m whilst Key Stage 2 children leave at 3.45 p.m. We feel that this enables a less crowded departure.
Classrooms throughout the school are managed and organised in such a way as to facilitate different styles of learning and to promote independent thought. There are opportunities for a wide range of activities to develop and consolidate skills, concepts and knowledge.
Professional, qualified teaching staff and learning support assistants deliver the curriculum in a range of different styles but all of them contain well-understood learning objectives and effective teacher questioning, often underpinning informal assessment of learning in subjects. Homework plays an integral, vital contribution to children’s success as it reinforces learning in the classroom and enables children to move their learning forwards.
Subject specialists teach art, dance, music, sports, Spanish, science and ICT, delivering lessons with enthusiasm, bringing excitement and motivation to their pupils and complementing the core subjects in the curriculum.
Existing Parent Open Days or Open Evenings are held bi-annually with more frequent, regular opportunities for formal discussion of pupil progress in S4, S3 & S2 (Years 6, 5 & 4). There are also numerous and varied opportunities for parents to watch children’s assemblies and productions, as each phase delivers a production in one of the school’s terms and every yeargroup undertakes an assembly once a term which is shown to parents at Coffee Mornings.