Terra Nova School is fundamentally an extremely happy place. This is immediately apparent when you visit the school. The children grow up in a caring, safe environment where they form friendships that last a lifetime.
All teaching staff act “in loco parentis” but caring for the children in the many ways that a parent does are responsibilities the school takes very seriously. Teachers undertake varying pastoral responsibilities and the importance of adhering to the school’s values are constantly emphasised.
Good behaviour and manners are expected as the norm. The children learn to assess and comprehend their own emotions and how their actions affect those around them. They learn about friendship groups and as they grow older, the children discuss the many different subjects in the lessons entitled Personal, Health, Social & Citizenship Education.
The school opens during term times from 7.30am on a Monday morning and closes at 9.30 on a Saturday morning, and we strive for the school to be an extension and support of pupils’ homes. Children are welcome to arrive at school from 7.30am for breakfast and leave up until 6.00pm having had supper.
Childcare is provided by the same teaching staff that provide the after school care.
Happy & Safe
Every effort is given to guaranteeing the children at Terra Nova feel happy and safe. The emphasis on the school values, the family style atmosphere of the school, the teachers and the systems elaborated on below combine to make Terra Nova School a fantastically happy place to be!
The Teaching staff responsible for childrens’ pastoral welfare
- The Head of the Junior and Senior Prep School both have direct responsibility for pastoral care.
- The school employs a school counsellor and an independent listener.
- 4 GAP students live at school and aged 18 act as older siblings / friends for our pupils
- The Matrons are based in the school surgery and children, particularly new starters, often make their way to see the matrons if in need of five minutes TLC!
After School Clubs 3.30pm - 4pm
In Reception there are a number of free clubs that run from 3.30pm – 4pm. These are delivered by the teachers. Just a few examples of these clubs are: Construction Club, Street Dance Club, Drama Club and Rhyme & Singing Club.
The House system
A community atmosphere is at the heart of school life. As children join Year 1 they become a member of a house. This encourages vertical friendship groups in addition to the friendships formed in class.
The school employs two matrons who manage an on site infirmary and an on site sick bay. The school doctor oversees the pupils’ medical needs.
The school’s uniform is supplied by Monkhouse but we also have a “nearly new” uniform shop which is housed in school. Depending on availability of product, this is extremely popular and offers a pragmatic recycling option whilst raising funds for the school. To see the uniform lists, please click here
The games kit list for children in Years 3-8 is extensive but once delivered to school in September, there it remains until the end of the year. The Matrons provide a “much appreciated by the parents” on site laundry service.
After School Care 4pm - 6pm
A number of the teaching staff in the Pre School run after school care in the Pre School building for children in Pre School up to Year 2. The staff are therefore familiar to the children. At 5pm the children are taken for a hot supper in the dining room and can be looked after up until 6pm.
The Buddy system
The pupils have a buddy system whereby if they are in the younger years, they have a particular ‘buddy’ in the senior years. This relationship develops friendships and a support system between older and younger children in addition to fostering a sense of whole-school community. Children spend Friday break times with their buddies and once a week there is a 30 minute lesson for shared classroom activities.
The schools’ catering is managed by Sodexo and is fantastic! There is an on site team of chefs who work from the school’s kitchen to produce nutritious, filling, varied and balanced food from Monday-Friday. Grace is said before children begin to eat. Children eat in the school dining room from Reception upwards. The children in Reception – Year 2 are served by their teachers at their tables. From Year 3 upwards the children help themselves to hot, cold or vegetarian options. The kitchen is nut free.
Sleeping soundly (Please see more about boarding in the Senior Prep School Boarding section) The matrons manage the logistics of the flexi boarding. Boarding is supported in the following way.
- Each boarding night there is a designated teacher on duty, who lives on site.
- The Headmaster & his wife also live on site
- The GAP students live at the school and sleep adjacent to the boarding dormitories.
- The senior Matron lives on site, also near the boarding landings.
Individual attention and personalised learning tailored to each and every pupil, leading to inspirational outcomes.
A proud heritage steeped in traditional values with a thoroughly modern approach and delivery.
2½ to 13 years
Seamless transition, specialist teaching, leadership opportunities, all-round nurture and outstanding pastoral care.
Makerspace, The Hub, 32 Acres, Shooting Range, Swimming Pool. Stunning facilities in a beautiful environment.
French, Spanish, German and Latin, taught by experts in the knowledge and understanding of second language learning.
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