Montessori

The Montessori approach aims to allow children to grow naturally, to retain their individuality, and to develop their own unique personality. Maria Montessori's educational principles are based around the three central ideas outlined below:

Universal Characteristics of Childhood

  • All children want to learn. Within the freedom to investigate the world around them, they will become active learners.
  • From birth to 6 years of age, children have an absorbent mind. Everything that occurs in their life has a profound effect, and therefore the quality of early experiences is of fundamental importance to their self-construction.
  • Children pass through sensitive periods in their development.

Special Qualities of the Teacher

  • The teacher has had a professional preparation and has undergone a process of self-evaluation.
  • She/he has a well-developed attitude and respect for the children in her/his care.
  • She/he is responsible for selecting and making available the appropriate developmental activities.
  • She/he guides the children's learning, helping them develop independence, concentration, self-motivation and self-discipline.

 Ethos

The Montessori Method teaches that not only should we be concerned with making children literate and numerate while extending their knowledge of the world, but also with achieving a child's harmonious social development within his/her society. The qualities we aim to develop are tidiness, concentration, self-discipline, independence, obedience, self-confidence and to be outgoing and sociable - not introverted and self-centred.

The equipment is divided into different areas of the curriculum. The children are taught to select a task, take it to a table or mat, and return it to the shelf when they have finished. Much of the equipment is Montessori, but we do have equipment from other sources, which complements the educational programme the school follows.

We must stress that ours is not a purist Montessori school. We believe in Montessori theories on child development and use Montessori equipment and apparatus, particularly in the early years. However, we also have equipment from all the major educational suppliers as we want to give our pupils access to all resources that we judge to be beneficial.

Judged by Ofsted to be OUTSTANDING in March 2009 and OUTSTANDING in ALL Areas in November 2014. See the full report on the Ofsted website.