Bedstone Junior School is an independent co-educational school for ages 4 to 11 years. Offering the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and Primary Key Stages 1 and 2 curriculums (see below), we deliver an all-round, non-selective, private education with day school from four to 8 years and optional boarding from eight years. In beautiful south Shropshire, on the Herefordshire/Powys border, like a prep school, we offer the ideal preparation for the onward journey into senior school.
Entrants – from 8 to 11yrs – receive a friendly and effective induction to the School at whatever point they join, encouraging a strong sense of their own identity and progress. Small class sizes ensure that everyone receives extra attention when needed and develops confidence in learning and social skills.
Our academic programme goes beyond the UK National Curriculum and is designed to blend seamlessly with the Senior College. Junior School staff are complemented by specialists from the Senior College, teaching French; science; design technology; music and physical education, all within specialist facilities like the science laboratories; the Murch sports centre; the art and design technology centre; ICT suites and Music School (complete with recording studio and soundproofed rehearsal pods).
The Junior School offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the school year. At Bedstone, we believe it is outside the classroom where our junior school students can really develop their skills and confidence.
Three times each week there are enriched curriculum sessions from 4pm until the buses depart. While not compulsory, those children who do stay have the opportunity to engage in a whole raft of activities such as receiving expert tennis coaching, learning sign language, participating in our renowned Woodland School, undertaking arts and crafts and more besides.
As part of the extra-curricular activities, music lessons are available at a small cost, with specialist teachers coming into Bedstone to teach those students. These lessons can be taken during the school day, with a mixture of times available to ensure students do not miss the same lessons each week.
There are many activities to take part in each year, including the Junior School Cross Country Event, where over 20 local primary schools attend to compete on Bedstone’s famous cross country course, this is a fantastic day for our junior students! The Junior School also produces an annual drama performance, directed and produced by our teaching Staff. This is a real opportunity for students to experience performing in front of an audience and working as a team.
There is always so much going on each week in the Junior School – please take a look at our weekly Newsletters for a flavour of the type and variety of activities our students enjoy:
Moving Up Day
As part of the transition between junior and senior school, Junior 4 are given the opportunity to attend first form for the day during the summer term. This is an annual event during which Junior 4 can experience senior school life, taking part in academic lessons, sport and senior extra-curricular activities. It really helps prepare children from Bedstone or other schools considering joining the senior school, developing their confidence and leaving them typically happy and excited about coming up into Year 7.