The Abercorn Programme

What curriculum does the School offer?

The curriculum is based loosely on the expectations of the National Curriculum, but is also aware of the needs of the senior schools. Hence we aim to have children who are attaining significantly ahead of the national targets, as well as offering subjects not required by the government – e.g., Latin. The curriculum is also heavily influenced by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which aims to develop enquiring learners with a global outlook in a cross-curricular teaching environment.

What are Abercorn’s class sizes?

Our maximum number of pupils is 20 per class, but our average class size is 16.

What is the staff-pupil ratio?

The staff-pupil ratio through the school as a whole is 1:9. It will be higher than that in the Early Years and lower at the more senior end of the school.

Does Abercorn offer after-school sports and activities?

Yes there is a wide variety. Depending on pupil’s ages, there are clubs in chess, drama, cooking, extra sport, choir, taekwondo—to name a few. There is also a Homework Club and a Late Room. For more information please see our club pages for Early Years and Pre-Prep/Prep.

Can Abercorn cater for a child with special needs?

It depends upon the nature of the needs, and each case is considered carefully. Due to the listed and historical nature of our buildings we have been unable to make many adjustments to the access or the interior of the building.When considering the cases of children with specific learning difficulties, our criteria are the answers to the following: Will the child flourish in our school and will the child impede the learning of the others in the class? For more information see our Special Needs Policy.

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