At the start of the year, Kate Oakley and I met with parents from all year groups to discuss both the new curriculum in the Junior Prep and the plans to build a senior curriculum that grows naturally from that – developing an engaging and challenging curriculum and an environment that continually nurtures and celebrates a range of behaviours and skills within the broader life of the OPS.
It was therefore fantastic to present the new cross-curricular, thematic curriculum just as we entered the last Exeat. We are all delighted by the way our curriculum is unfolding from Reception through to the end of Year 8, providing excitement, stimulation and challenge in equal measure.
In the end of term reports, you will read about three areas that we identified as high priorities at the start of the year – academic skills, personal development and character. The reports are a way of providing a fuller picture of each child’s overall development. It is interesting and noteworthy that these three areas of a child’s profile are increasingly important in admissions conversations; many senior schools are setting up admissions processes where this fuller picture of a child can emerge. We are providing children with the best possible means to shine when they are considered for these schools.
I would like to shine the spotlight on the brilliant achievements of our 20 Year 8 pupils who have secured scholarships and exhibitions to their future schools:
Joe Barratt – Millfield – Rugby Scholarship
Freddie Bennett – Rugby School – Art Scholarship
Lily Bowlby – Bradfield College – Sports Scholarship
Amelia Cole – The Oratory – Sport Exhibition
Rosie Davis – The Oratory – Sport Exhibition
Georgia Fiorentino – The Oratory – Sports Scholarship
Iris Gray – Headington – Moller Academic Scholarship
Orla Huxtable – St Edward’s – Sports Award
Henry Kietz – The Oratory – Academic Scholarship
Romilly McMahon – The Oratory – Art Scholarship
Zubyn Mehta – Radley – Music Scholarship and Abingdon – Music Exhibition
Maeve Moorcroft – The Oratory – Art Exhibition
Darcy Pollard – Pangbourne College – Drama Scholarship
Jessica Reed – The Oratory – Music Scholarship
Mallory Ross – St Edward’s – Art Scholarship
Jonty Savage, The Oratory School – Fitzherbert-Brockholes All Round Scholarship
Finley South – The Oratory – Art Exhibition
Isabella Teodorani-Fabbri – The Oratory – Art Exhibition and Drama Scholarship
Archie White – Radley – Academic Exhibition
India Winchcomb – Oratory School – Drama Scholarship
It has been another very busy, enriching and rewarding term for us all.
We wish you a very happy and peaceful Easter break.