Our next Open Day is Saturday 7th October 2017 between 10am and 1pm.
Choosing a school for your child is a huge decision and hopefully the information contained in this section will help you as you seek to make wise choices for your child’s education. Emmaus School is founded on Christian principles to educate children from 5-16 years in a caring, stable family atmosphere of love and respect. We would love to show you round our school, as nothing beats seeing a school in its normal, everyday routine. We offer your child the opportunity to do the same thing through experiencing a taster day. We also hold Open Day events. For more information about our upcoming events or to arrange a visit to Emmaus School please contact us at email@example.com or call the School Office to arrange an appointment.
The Bible is central to all that is taught at Emmaus School, not in a false, forced way, but in a natural, God-centred way, so that the children learn that it was God who both created and sustains this universe and makes life meaningful. You can read more about the curriculum here.
The Curriculum for Reception to Year 6
We believe in striking a balance between traditional curriculum values and ensuring that pupils have plenty of opportunity to learn through doing and experiencing. Undoubtedly, reading is the key to unlocking the rest of the curriculum and Primary school teachers invest a lot of time to ensure pupils have the best possible start in learning to read.
Primary pupils also gain solid foundations in mathematics, spelling and handwriting by following carefully planned schemes of work and using a wide range of the best curriculum materials available. Through studying science, history, geography and Scripture, pupils gain an understanding of God's wonderful world, but there is still plenty of opportunity to develop creativity in music and art, and physical skills in PE and sport, as well getting an early start in modern foreign languages in French lessons. Play is important, too, and pupils make good use of the outdoor area for structured play and free recreation, as well as learning the basic skills through maths and language games.
The Curriculum for Year 7-11
We continue to build on the excellent work of the Primary Department and widen the curriculum to include subjects such as ICT, Food Technology and modern foreign languages, whilst still maintaining the balance of academic study and rich cultural experiences. Pupils are increasingly encouraged to take more responsibility for their own studies and become more independent learners. This stands them in good stead, should they decide to continue their studies at one of the local 6th Forms.
At GCSE Level, pupils normally take a core of 5 subjects: mathematics, English language, English literature, French and one of the sciences. Most students opt for another 3 or 4 subjects choosing from the following: chemistry, biology, physics, Spanish, history, RE, geography, ICT, music, art, food technology and PE.
Many of the GCSE courses lead to International GCSE qualifications, which have long been considered to be academically rigorous, thorough and excellent preparation for A Level, or the increasingly popular International Baccalaureate. Year after year, pupils gain excellent academic results which can be viewed on the School’s website. Year 10 and 11 pupils are also offered careers guidance and take part in work experience.
Pupils’ progress is monitored by annual tests in reading and spelling which allow teachers to compare pupils to the national average in each year group. The Cognitive Abilities Test (GL Assessment) is used annually from Year 4 to test the children’s potential in the 3 areas of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal reasoning and, in the secondary department, these tests give accurate predictions of the GCSE grades individual pupils can be expected to achieve. Since it is not possible to ‘teach to the test’, lessons are devoted to teaching rather than preparing pupils to perform well in tests. Pupils also take end of topic tests throughout the year and senior pupils have an annual exam week in the summer term.
Provision for pupils with learning difficulties, disabilities or those for whom English is not their first language
The School has limited means to adequately staff and resource pupils with specific needs, however, consideration will be given to pupils with learning difficulties, disabilities, or those for whom English is not their first language. Each pupil's application is considered on its own merit, taking into account whether the School is adequately staffed and resourced to meet the individual pupil’s needs. Where a child has an Education Health and Care Plan, or special educational, physical or pastoral needs, the School will discuss with the parents what the School is able to offer, which may involve additional cost to the parents.
Pupils are encouraged take advantage of the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. School events throughout the year offer the pupils opportunities to perform in singing, drama and music ensembles. Private music lessons are available during the School day. There are after school clubs where, for example, pupils can learn to play chess or take part in the Adventure Service Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The pupils organise a School Council and Christian Union themselves and thereby gain useful life and leadership skills, as well as serving the school and wider community through fundraising and other charitable ventures. Throughout the year, educational visits are arranged to support the curriculum and broaden the children’s cultural experiences. Visits to museums, galleries, science lectures and the theatre are arranged, as well as field trips, residential trips and exchange visits to France.
Emmaus School is delighted with the findings of the March 2016 Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report, this being the first ISI inspection of the School since Head teacher, Miriam Wiltshire, was elected as a member of the Independent Schools Association in December 2015.
Since the inspection, the school has taken the following measures to ensure compliance with all the regulatory requirements:
The school already has well-developed plans to implement some of the improvements suggested by inspectors. However, the school’s policy is for pupils in EYFS (Reception) to start independent writing when they are ready, which may not be until they are in Year 1. Similarly, the deliberately restricted use of ICT in Primary is also well-thought out, and the high achievement of Primary pupils over many years is testament to the effectiveness of the tried and tested teaching methods used by Primary teachers.
Emmaus School is indebted to the ISI inspectors who very quickly understood Emmaus School’s unique character and made a valuable contribution to the school’s future development.
To read the full report please click here.
The school had an ISI Progress Monitoring Visit in October 2016.
For first hand accounts of how parents and children have enjoyed and appreciated life at Emmaus School, click here
For further information about Emmaus School admissions, please download a copy of the prospectus. There's also a download available of the application form.
If you have any further queries or would like to arrange a visit to Emmaus School, please feel free to contact us by email or by telephone during school hours.
Annual Fees from September 2017rom Sept
GCSE Results 2017
This year a new grading system has been introduced for maths GCSE, with students receiving a 9-1 grading instead of the former A-G. This has been taken into account when calculating the statistics this year, but, happily, 100% of maths students achieved a Grade 4 or above this year, which represents the old A*-C benchmark.
Emmaus School is a non-selective school with small cohorts. Statistics can be very tricky with small year groups, when for some students getting a D might be the well-deserved reward for hard work and perseverance. Therefore, it is a huge achievement, in a year of major changes to the examination system in England, that 80% of our pupils achieved 5+ A* - C grades, well above the national average. Once again, maths and English language results were high, and 100% of pupils gained a grade C or above in these subjects. A total of 40 exams were taken this year, and only 15% of them were awarded grades below C (4).
At Emmaus School, pupils take Edexcel International GCSEs in the following subjects: English, history, geography, ICT and the sciences. Edexcel IGCSEs are studied in over 55 countries worldwide and at over 350 independent schools in the UK. Available in more than 40 subjects, they are equivalent, grade for grade, to UK GCSEs. IGCSEs have long been a popular choice in independent schools because of their reputation for being rigorous and offering more stability due to fewer Government-led changes. IGCSEs have been available in some state schools since 2010.
However, since 2013, there has been a move to reduce the amount of coursework required in the GCSE examination to the absolute minimum, and the emphasis on the final exam, after two years of study, is far greater. In fact, most GCSE subjects now require no coursework at all, and, therefore, the lines between the GCSE and IGCSE qualifications are becoming increasingly blurred.
GCSEs have also be graded differently since 2017, with students receiving a 9-1 grading rather than the former A-G grade. The changes are being implemented over time, with English and maths being the first subjects affected. The changes are also expected to make the examinations harder, and any coursework element more rigorous, with students expected to cover more challenging topics in a more in-depth way. Greater attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling is expected and will also affect the students’ final grade.
These changes are only being implemented in England and how to create an absolute standard for the GCSE examination assessment and grading across the UK has proven to be a challenge. IGCSEs are also to be removed from the league tables for English and maths in 2017 as part of the Government’s shake-up, with further subjects expected to be removed by 2018. This could naturally affect schools that currently promote the IGCSE, and it is possible this may mean a decline in schools offering the qualification in the future.
At Emmaus School, we are more concerned about what is best for our students than playing the numbers game for Government league tables, and our results at the Independent Schools Council and the Independent Schools Inspectorate will reflect the true achievements of our pupils. However, we will continue to watch future developments and continue to adapt to the ever-changing English examination system based on what is best for our students.
Mrs M Wiltshire B.Ed(Hons)
Our CARE programme is based on the DfE’s PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) curriculum. It is an opportunity for the whole school to go off timetable for one week. With all teaching staff contributing to the programme, it is a pioneering opportunity to enhance our children’s’ rounded education and development.
In order to clearly reflect the Christian ethos of Emmaus School the PSHEE scheme of work has been named ‘The CARE Programme’ and it encapsulates our Christian values really well.
CARE is an acronym for;
‘Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’ Col 3:12
‘Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you’ Hebrews 13:17
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matt 5:43-44
‘.. test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil’ 1 Thess 5:21-22 (ESV)
The elements of our CARE programme are captured in the overarching theme of ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Luke 10:27
This is a really exciting opportunity to build on our children's rounded development in a proactive and pioneering way. In conjunction with PSHEE the topics, to be covered at an age appropriate level, are;
The week long timetable is divided into morning sessions which focus on following the Biblical concept of being ‘hearers of the word’, being taught about the above subjects in the classroom. In the afternoons we will be putting some of what we have learnt into practice and we will be ‘doers of the word’ taking one component of the CARE acronym each afternoon and living it out in a very practical way. For example; ‘C’ for compassion – we hope to visit and benefit the residents of a local elderly care home or ‘A’ for accountability, we will be asking children to write to their local MP or to Staverton Parish Council regarding a relevant local matter which is on their hearts.
Our recent parent information evenings have been very well received and we will be bringing further information to you as it is developed over the following few months. Watch this space!
The Story of the new Christian Schools - Sylvia Baker and David Freeman
Prayer prepares the way
In the early 1970s, some Christians in Bradford-on-Avon became concerned about the need for a Christian school in their area. They held some meetings in their church, but nothing concrete ever came of it. For some of them, the burden remained and they prayed through the years that God would eventually establish a school, even though by now it was too late for their own children to benefit from it. Click here to read the chapter from this book which tells the story of Emmaus.