School Life

Opening Times

The school day begins officially with Registration at 8.35am, but 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. For the Senior section, the timetable is arranged into 8, 35 minute periods each day. Lessons end at 3.30pm and there is an optional Prep (supervised homework) period until 4.00pm. After school activities begin for the Juniors at 3.30pm until 4.00pm and for the Seniors at 4.15pm until 4.45pm. There is also a free, supervised Late Room facility for children until 4.00pm. Between 4.00 – 4.45pm children can attend Late Room or  Studies for £2 (drop in). Abbey Club runs from 4.45pm until 6.00pm for an additional £8.00 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 & 3).

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children can join the Old Vicarage from 2 ½ + as part of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). EYFS at OVS has two classes, Nursery 1 and Reception 2, each with a full time, qualified Teacher and a qualified Teaching Assistant. Nursery age children can opt for Morning (up to 3 years old) or Day sessions from 3 years old . Children attend full time in the Reception year. Both the teacher and teaching assistant in the EYFS setting has received training in paediatric first aid.

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, Performing Arts, 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 with a specialist Teacher and Classroom Assistants. Subject specialist Teachers for Music & Performing Arts, History, Geography, Classics (Latin), Sport (Games) and Modern Foreign Languages (French) also teach this age group.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 & 8 at OVS is called the OVS 6th Form. There is a dedicated, experienced, Class Teacher who teaches the core subjects of Mathematics and English. The rest of the curriculum is taught by subject specialist Teachers delivering Art, Music & Performing Arts, History, Geography, Classics (Latin), Sport (Games) and Modern Foreign Languages (French).