On the last night of term, in keeping with true Elstree tradition, Mr Pricha…
At Elstree, our aim is two-fold. Firstly we wish to find out how a child is intelligent rather than how intelligent a child is. This broad and holistic approach fits into our ethos that we wish to find, nurture and develop talent and prepare children for senior school education and life beyond. The second key element is that ‘effort is king’.
Every child is encouraged to have a go at a very broad range of activities and all of their achievements are celebrated. Thus they grow up within a happy and productive environment where their teachers aim to ensure that each pupil is given the opportunity to shine in an area of school life which builds confidence and high self-esteem.
Year 3 forms the main point of entry for the new intake of pupils from other schools to join children from our Pre-Prep Department. Years 3 and 4 are based in the Cooper Classrooms with their changing rooms nearby. They have a Class Teacher who teaches their English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and RS Lessons. The pupils start to become more independent in their movement around the school by going to PE, DT, Art, Music, French and ICT which are taught by specialist teachers.
In Years 5 and 6, the pupils move to a “Tutor” system and are taught by individual subject specialists for all of their subjects and begin to work independently work in supervised prep time which is structured within the school day. Their Tutor supports and helps pupils to adjust to organising themselves – being in the right place at the right time, with the right things, having completed any work set.
Year 5 also brings the introduction of Saturday School which gives us the opportunity to give more variety and breadth to both the academic and extracurricular programmes and the possibility of boarding, usually as a flexi or weekly boarder.
Years 7 and 8 begin to have a greater focus on the examinations ahead of them and their target school. Tutors consider how best to guide individuals towards their own goals and how to encourage them to get the best out of themselves. Our strong record of Common Entrance results and Scholarship Awards bears testimony to the success of our approach and our Year 8 pupils leave us as confident young individuals, without arrogance but with enthusiasm and a readiness to tackle all that lies ahead.