What does St Andrew's School do for more able, gifted and talented pupils? The strength of St Andrew's is that the small classes, individual attention and differentiated work ensures pupils of all abilities are given appropriate work and are extended. St Andrew's offers a gifted and talented programme to ensure that our more able pupils achieve the highest grades and are provided with an academically enhanced curriculum. All lessons are planned to ensure pupils of all abilities reach their full potential.
What options are there for GCSE? The Key Stage 4 curriculum is made up of core subjects, option choice subjects as well as other additional study areas. All students are given the opportunity to follow a possible ten subject programme of GCSE courses plus a short course in RE; philosophy and ethics. These subjects must be carefully selected for each individual to best match their aptitudes and abilities. The timetable is formulated to satisfy the maximum number of first optional choices for individuals, bearing in mind general educational aims.
Core Subjects Everyone must study English, language and usually literature, Mathematics, and Science GCSEs. These form the core subjects, along with a short course in RE; philosophy and ethics.
Option Subjects In addition to the core subjects, each pupil must eventually choose from the following options: Art, Food and Nutrition, Computing, DT graphics or resistant materials, Drama, French, Spanish, Geography, History, Music, PE. During Years 10 and 11, students also have weekly lessons in Games and PSHE.
Years 12 and 13 are based at our co-educational Sixth Form located next to our partner school, Rushmoor. They have access to Club Towers during their recreational time and are able to represent the school in cross country and athletics events.
What is the average size class? Form class sizes are small, with an average of approximately 16 pupils. For pupils studying GCSE options this figure is less.
Do you have Learning Support Assistants in the classroom? We have an army of wonderful Learning Support Assistants line-managed by our SENCO, who support either individual pupils or groups within the classroom. Their support is invaluable as they give the pupils far more than just a helping hand with their learning. LSA’s are in situ to support and extend the learning of the pupils.
Support is also provided for our Sixth Form students.
Do the pupils learn a language? Pupils from Reception age upwards are introduced to French and Spanish. We offer French at GCSE, Other languages can be opted for at GCSE should a pupil have a specialism.
What is the entry process? To apply for a place you simply need to contact Sheila Heaney to arrange an appointment to meet with the Principal, who will give you a guided tour of the School and answer any questions you may have. Your child will be invited for a ‘taster day’ and feedback will be provided at the end of this day for you to consider.
What was your last inspection like? The majority of areas were described as ‘excellent’, with the remaining areas described as ‘good’. Our previous report also had an overall ‘excellent’ description. The report is on this website. Our EYFS provision received an 'outstanding' rating in March 2016. The school is fully compliant on regulatory requirements.
What is the sport like at the school? We offer a variety of sport and our aim is to instil a love of sport and the rules of the game into all participants. We are a small school, so there is a lot of opportunity for all ability levels to become involved in playing fixtures and representing the school. We co-host with Rushmoor School a number of regional events for the Independent Schools Association, London North, which are very well received. Our pupils participate at County level and Regional level and some go onto National level in the ISA events.
How do you communicate with parents? We work very closely with parents and value their input into all areas of school life. Each half-term parents can meet with the Principal or Head of School by attending the Parents Council Meeting, where agenda items are discussed on all areas of school development, from the curriculum and pastoral care to general maintenance issues. We also have a very hard-working PTFA who organise wonderful events such as the annual Ball. We provide parents with a weekly blog from The Head of School so they are aware of what is happening each week at the school. There are regular newsletters and an annual review that is issued at the end of the summer term. Parents receive emails and text alerts through the electronic system.
Can you pay by Direct debit? Yes, we accept payment for school fees via a monthly direct debit. Payment can also be made via cards. Discounts apply to those wishing to pay a full years fees in advance.
Do you offer bursaries and Scholarships? Yes we do offer bursaries and scholarships and full details are available upon request from the School Business Manager, Mrs Diffey.
Who would do the tour if we visited? Tours are conducted by the Principal or Admissions Secretary.
Where do the pupils go post-16? We have a co-educational Sixth Form located at Rushmoor School.
Where do the boys go to from year 6 onwards? Mr Daniel is also the Principal of Rushmoor School on Shakespeare Road, Bedford. The two schools work closely together and have many shared values and aims. As another small independent school, it would be a natural progression for any boy leaving St Andrew's, indeed they will have links with Rushmoor through joint events and sport.
Where are your games fields? Our games field is located on the road heading towards Clapham village just pass the Sainsbury’s/A6 bypass roundabout.
Do the pupils swim? Pupils from Nursery (aged three) up to Year 8 swim every week. We also have squad swimming clubs.
How much is the uniform? We try to keep uniform costs as reasonable as possible. A full uniform list giving prices is available on the website by clicking the appropriate link, and items may be ordered or available from the School Uniform Shop on site.