There are three groups at each of our two stages; Key Stage I (Circle Triangle, Square) and Key Stage II (Lower, Middle and Upper Elementary).
The environment is carefully prepared so that the child can lead his/her learning.There is a Montessori directress, who acts as a guide, rather than the source of all knowledge. The other teachers will have received basic training in Montessori pedagogy before working with children.All skills are learnt using a diverse set of Montessori materials, activities and experience to build cognitive structures and social development rather than rote knowledge.
In Key Stage I, assessments are based on observations for pupils in the Circle and Triangle groups. These students do not have term/sequence examinations and tests to assess learning.In Key Stage II (pupils are aged 6+), the pupils (Lower, Middle and Upper Elementary) take tests every six weeks. The results of these tests are documented in their report booklets but the children are not ranked nor compared with each other.
Moving to a traditional school is usually at the parents’ discretion but they are advised to discuss such moves with the school authorities. Parents are expected to dialogue with the child’s new teacher to make transitions as smooth as possible. The child will be very well prepared academically for any environment, but will thrive better in an environment that values creative thinking above rote learning.