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Colfe’s School
Horn Park Lane
SE12 8AW

Junior School FAQs

About the school

How many pupils are in the school?

Approx. 1,200 aged from 3-18. Approx 430 in the Junior School.

What is the gender balance?

We aim for 50/50 but this can fluctuate.

How many classes in a Year Group?

Two classes in Nursery and three classes from Reception to Year 6.

How many pupils in a class?

Up to 22.

Is there a uniform?

Yes: for all children and our current supplier is John Lewis.

Do you have any before and after school care?

Our ‘wraparound care’ runs from 7.30am to 6.00pm. There is a ‘Breakfast Club’ which runs from 7.30am to 8.10am and a ‘Late School’ facility, which runs from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Both carry an additional cost and must be booked in advance to guarantee places.

Are there are assemblies?

EYFS and KS1 enjoy singing assemblies, sharing assemblies and assemblies which focus on our school values. There are Key Stage 2 school assemblies in the hall on Mondays and Fridays. On Tuesday there is form time. On Wednesdays there is circle time or hymn practice. Thursdays rotate between House assembly and form time.

Is there a House system?

Yes, a very strong system. We do our best to put siblings in the same house and children are awarded house (plus) points and credits in all lessons for their work, behaviour, manners and initiative. There are regular House meetings for children in KS1 and KS2.

Are there coaches to the Junior School?

Yes, from the Orpington, Beckenham and Docklands areas for Year 3 upwards. Further details are available from the Bursary.

How much are the fees annually?

Currently £14,328 for Nursery and Reception (including lunch), £14,955 for Years 1 and 2 (including lunch) and £15,816 for Years 3 to 6 (excluding lunch).

Where can I find school policies?

Policies can be found on the Colfe’s website.

Admission and assessment

What is our admissions policy?

All children joining from Nursery onwards are assessed within a play based setting. For EYFS offers are made to children showing a readiness and eagerness to engage with the activities on offer, who have the focus and language skills appropriate for their age and display positive dispositions to learning. We also look for imaginative and creative children who demonstrate a degree of independence. From Year 1 we are looking for independent learners with solid literacy and numeracy skills and good comprehension.

What are the criteria for entry into the EYFS and what form does it take?

Nursery and Reception assessments are held in September/ October each year and offers are made in December. For entry into the EYFS, children will be assessed in line with the above criteria. The assessment is carried out in an informal play based environment by experience and qualified staff.

Entry into Key Stage 1&2 is dependent on vacancies arising and an individual assessment with our Deputy Head.

What do the assessments involve for KS1 &KS2?

For KS1 candidates (Years 1 and 2) there will be a spelling assessment, a passage to read and comprehension (verbally), a range of mathematical problems and a short piece of written work; they also spend some time in class, taking part in a lesson and meeting children from within their peer group.

The KS2 (Years 3 to 6) assessments include standardised papers in Reading and Mathematics. There is also an assessment in Creative Writing.


Can you give some information about the curriculum?

Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is divided into seven areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Physical Development; Expressive Arts and Design. Our Nursery and Reception children also enjoy weekly Forest School sessions, music and swimming lessons; all of these are delivered by specialist teachers.

In KS1 children begin to study discrete subject areas building on the skills, knowledge and experience gained during the Foundation Stage. All year groups have swimming, PE and music lessons with specialist teachers.

In KS2 most classes are taught both Mathematics and English by their form tutor. Unlike most state schools, the children are then taught by subject specialist teachers in areas such as Science, Music, Art and PE & Games. There are purpose-built rooms for Art, Music, Science and Computer Science and use is made of the excellent on-site facilities (including a heated indoor swimming pool) for Games and PE lessons. In addition, specialist language teachers teach French (Years 3 and 5) and Spanish (Years 4 and 6).

What music opportunities are available?

One music lesson a week for children from Nursery to Year 2 and two a week for those in Years 3 to 6. Year 4 have the chance to trial a string instrument for one term, with the choice of proceeding to paid lessons after that term. In addition, Year 3 experience a taster lesson with either the cornet or the trombone. During their weekly music lessons all children from Year 2 upwards learn to play the recorder. We have a number of peripatetic teachers who provide music lessons in a range of instruments including piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute and clarinet. There is a school orchestra, a school choir, a chamber choir, a recorder/wind group and a string ensemble.

What languages are taught in school?

Conversational French is introduced across the school in KS1; in KS2 they have alternating years of French and Spanish classes.


What homework is given?

Nursery: Nursery children begin each term with a grid of activities to complete at home. These activities are linked to current topics and can be worked on throughout the term and then brought back into school to discuss in class. The children select and take home a selection of library books on a regular basis. ‘Phonic’ activities and a ‘Maths Challenge’ are sent home on a weekly basis.

Reception: Reading continues to be a key focus for homework in Reception, with reading books changed regularly and phonics and writing activities also set. Maths homework is also sent home weekly and will reflect the learning that has taken place during the preceding week. The homework consists of a practically based activity to share at home.

Year 1: Spelling test words are sent home mid-week; Friday/weekend homework is set and this is usually Maths/Literacy based. Reading scheme books are sent home four times a week and library books are changed regularly.

Year 2: Spelling test words are sent home mid-week. Friday/weekend homework is set and this is usually Mathematics/Literacy/topic based. Multiplication tables are rehearsed at home for a weekly challenge test. Reading scheme books are sent home four times a week and library books are changed regularly.

Year 3: 30 minutes every night in the week and 30 minutes at the weekend.

Years 4-6: 45 minutes every night in the week and 45 minutes at the weekend.

Generally, there will be Maths or English work in the week and either Humanities or Science at the weekend.


Are there clubs?

Yes – over sixty clubs. Mostly run by staff, but outside providers are brought in for specialist clubs such as judo, karate and dance, for which there is a cost. Most clubs run between 3.00 and 4.00pm; some clubs take place at lunchtime.

Are there school productions?

Children in EYFS and KS1 perform to parents at the end of each term consecutively.

Currently, there is a Year 3 and 4 production in the senior hall at the end of the Autumn Term. The Year 5 production is at the end of the Easter Term and the Year 6 production at the end of the Summer Term. There are also music concerts at least once every term.