Learning, of course, is not just limited to the classroom. Junior School students take part in a number of cross-curricular days throughout the academic year as well as an outdoor education programme in each year group (including residential trips to Dartmoor and Somerset). They are also encouraged to join in with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities both here at school and after hours.
Our girls participate in many team sports, including netball, hockey, rounders and basketball, but we also foster individual pursuits such as tennis, gymnastics and dance with the hope of encouraging exercise for health as much as for competition. The girls also have the chance to take part in public speaking, art, cookery, drama or book clubs, amongst many others. You are as likely to find them climbing on the moors or canoeing down the Exe as reading a book in the library!
Music is also at the heart of our school, with most girls studying at least one musical instrument and with plenty of opportunities to perform or just to share their interest. This might be performing at assembly or taking part in a choir, orchestra or an ensemble.
Junior girls are also enthusiastic participants in fundraising activities throughout the school year. Our varied events raise money for charities chosen by the girls. Everyone enjoys the fun of dressing up, performing, making and decorating, organising competitions and sponsored events.
We particularly value the role played by the Sixth Formers who volunteer to run clubs and activities, as well as being mentors for the younger students. They are wonderful role models and provide aspiration and inspiration for the girls.
The motivation and self-reliance fostered in the Junior School stays with each girl throughout her school days.