School Life

Opening Times

The school day begins officially with Registration at 8.35am, however supervised Morning Studies and Activities commence from 8.10am each day. Children in Nursery and Reception finish lessons at 3.15pm and Key Stage 1 finish lessons at 3.30pm. Key Stage 2 children can finish at 3.30pm or attend an optional, free of charge Prep (supervised homework) session until 4.00pm.

After school activities run for Juniors from 3.30pm until 4.00pm and for Seniors from 4.15pm until 4.45pm. There is a free, supervised Late Room facility for children until 4.00pm. Between 4.00 – 4.45pm children can attend Late Room or  Studies (small charge). Abbey Club runs from 4.45pm until 6.00pm, payable per night per child. This includes afternoon tea of sandwiches, drinks, snacks and fruit.

Learning Phases

The school is divided into two sections, Junior (EYFS and Key Stage 1) and Senior (Key Stage 2).

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children can join the Old Vicarage from the September after their 3rd birthday as part of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). EYFS at OVS has two classes, Nursery 1 and Reception 2. Each Classroom has a full time, qualified Teacher and a qualified Teaching Assistant.

Nursery age children attend a minimum of 3 days per week up to full time (full time for all children in their final Nursery term). Children attend full time in the Reception year. Both the teacher and teaching assistant in the EYFS setting receives training in Paediatric First Aid. Specialist Music and French lessons are taught from Nursery.

Key Stage 1

Children are taught in parallel, combined classes of children in Years 1 & 2. We have qualified, age specialist Teachers in both classes, as well as Teaching Assistants. Subject specialist teachers for Music, Sport and Modern Foreign Languages also teach this age group.

Key Stage 2

Children are taught in a combined Years 3 & 4 class and combined Year 5 & 6. There is a dedicated Class Teacher, specialist subject Teacher sand Classroom Assistants. Subject specialist Teachers for Music, Sport (Games), Modern Foreign Languages (French), Maths and Science also teach this age group.