In 2012, the Senior Management team at St Peter’s set out to create a new curriculum framework which would prepare children for a seamless transition to their next schools.
Our brief was to find a new way of rewarding academic achievement, of weighting all subjects equally and of empowering and inspiring teaching staff. We wanted the best of the National Curriculum, the best of Common Entrance and more. We did not want to disrupt the chances of pupils gaining access to any Senior school so it would need to be robust and stand up in the National and global arena.
We wanted a formula which would reflect and reward our youngsters’ efforts both inside and beyond the classroom. We wanted to encourage both pupils and staff to more effectively use their initiative, independence and creativity, and to think outside of the normal academic boxes.
Six years on the implementation of the St Peter’s School Baccalaureate® has been an enormous success. Faculty ties are reinforced and we have a school to which the epithet ‘holistic’ genuinely fits. Staff and children are fully engaged, parents are most supportive and Senior Schools are fully in favour, many accepting our Baccalaureate exams in replacement for Common Entrance while others expect their own entrance tests to be taken which pupils are thoroughly prepared for. Happily, we are now able to send to more schools really detailed statements of what their prospective pupils have covered and how assiduously they have covered it. Pupils and staff are embracing the new opportunities and enjoying a truly invigorating, flexible but rigorous curriculum. The St Peter’s Baccalureate® has been such a success that other Prep schools have embraced it and embedded it at their own schools. If you would like any further information please download our leaflet or contact our Deputy Head of Teaching & Learning, Mrs Lucy Ball.