Prior’s Field is small enough to have a genuinely pupil-centred approach and individual needs determine our style of teaching. There is no mould into which the girls are shaped – they are all very different and valued as such. No one is invisible: we know who to stretch and who needs support.
A ‘can-do’ attitude is encouraged both in and out of the classroom and, by providing many opportunities our aim is to widen horizons. Class sizes are small, averaging 20 in the first three years. After this, GCSE groupings tend to be smaller and, for A Level we offer a university-style tutorial approach. By encouraging independent thinking and problem-solving, girls become increasingly able to take responsibility for their own learning. They enjoy the sense of achievement that comes from working things out for themselves and making intellectual discoveries. IT has an important part to play in this and generous provision enables girls to develop good study and research skills.
Sports and the Arts are highly valued and lie at the heart of our approach which is to build confidence and to encourage the girls to develop their skills, talents and enthusiasm. When they believe in themselves, are ambitious to do well and enjoy school, the sky is the limit. Our high expectations are then seen as positive challenges, not undue pressure, and each girl can discover her best self.