“We love that our son interacts with boys in all years and the teachers are very supportive and friendly. It really feels like one big family.” Parent
The fewer pupils there are in a class, the more time and attention the teacher can give each one. Our teachers get to know each child well, ensuring he makes the most progress possible in every subject. As well as very small teaching groups, pupils are also supported and extended by teaching and learning support assistants throughout the school.
Our smaller classes mean that everybody is involved in each lesson – there is nowhere to hide! In our staff meetings, the progress and wellbeing of every single child is discussed and every child’s progress is tracked and followed closely, with quick interventions to both extend and support. All children are screened for dyslexia in Year 3.
Pupils do not just receive information from their teachers at Solefield; they process it and communicate it back to others. Each pupil shares and expresses their ideas and opinions. This also allows them to listen to and engage with the thoughts of others, to reason and question and to develop independence.
We have an extremely strong system of pastoral support. Manners are very important to us and each child is taught to be respectful and courteous to each other and staff, developing skills for later life. Pupils even eat in small ‘family’ groups with their teachers. Mental wellbeing is paramount for us and we nurture each child closely. One excellent benefit of small class sizes is that the pupils really are part of a community. The interaction and participation that increase as a result of the smaller class size allows each student to develop a sense of belonging to the group.