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What is a Captain’s Close education like?

Captain’s Close is a one-form entry primary school (a maximum of 30 pupils) and therefore has one class per year group. We are proud of our vibrant classrooms, break-out spaces and extensive grounds.

At Captain’s Close we believe that all pupils have the ability to achieve wonderful things.. Our aim is to ensure that our children are happy and enjoy their time at school. This is achieved by providing an environment where children feel safe to explore the new challenges and learning opportunities they encounter.

We aim to help develop creative children who are inspired learners, are considerate citizens, are independent thinkers, have curious and enquiring minds and are caring friends.

You might have heard people in education talk about pedagogy – the theory and practice of teaching. We are very serious about pedagogy at Captain’s Close. Thinking hard about how we teach and how children learn allows us to provide a bespoke curriculum that works best for everyone in our school. This curriculum is based on the most authoritative and up-to-date research, and it allows children to develop the skills and knowledge that they will need to cement understanding through their school career.

Our teachers use news about our local community and what is happening in the wider world to plan topics that are relevant and stimulating for our children. We have a well-stocked library so that children can become immersed in books at any time of the day. We strongly support children to become avid readers, and we encourage them to share their love of books with their peers.

At Captain’s Close, we take pride in the vast number of opportunities that we offer children beyond the four walls of the classroom. Many topics are supported with visits to interesting places, such as the zoo, farm parks, museums, historic attractions and gardens. A memorable residential trip takes place in Key Stage Two to develop children’s resilience and independence.

Captain’s Close is also partnered with the Asha Charity, based in New Delhi, which supports children who live in extreme poverty to access education. Each year, our children raise funds for the charity and send letters and artwork to its children.

Our large indoor and outdoor areas ensure that specialist teachers provide sporting and music activities before, during and after school. Most of our children choose to attend extra-curricular clubs that are on offer throughout the year.

The Captain’s Crew Breakfast and After School Clubs offer wrap-around care for parents, and a holiday club provides care between terms.