The Junior Department
In the Junior Department the teaching is a little more formal and increasingly subject-based. The form teacher acts as a personal tutor to the children and is in close contact with parents. She, or he, together with the subject teachers, will help the children learn how to work more independently and to apply the knowledge and skills they have already acquired.
Pupils benefit from a wide variety of educational trips – for example, the Wyld Court Rain Forest, Duxford Air Museum, Imperial War Museum, Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, Flatford Mill and many more.
The children have set up a recycling project as part of the Paper Planet, and the school has recently joined forces with the University of Hertfordshire to develop ecological awareness and initiatives. The children regularly raise money for the RSPCA and various local charities. In December of each year they donate Christmas Stockings which are given to a local centre for the benefit of those children less fortunate than our own. We also support national initiatives such as Red Nose Day.
Throughout the Junior Department we foster a sense of individual responsibility, consideration and courtesy. This is achieved in conjunction with our PHSE and Citizenship work.
Formal preparation for entrance examinations to secondary school begins in Year 5, and senior staff are available to help parents in their choice of school and to provide guidance. In the last few years pupils from Manor Lodge have gone on to 45 different senior schools.