The latest Hereworth Highlights newsletter gives you a taste of what our boys have been up to so far this term. Contact us if you’d like a hard copy mailed out to you.
So how is Hereworth different? Firstly, our teaching staff are experts in teaching boys. They understand how boys learn and what makes them want to learn, and they take great care to provide an inspiring environment in which boys will learn the skills they need to succeed.
Secondly, Hereworth boys enjoy deliberately small class sizes. This means more individualised attention in these critical early years of formal learning. Our teachers spend more one-on-one time with your son to offer all-important guidance and support.
Thirdly, we keep a close eye on your son’s development. Each and every Hereworth boy has his learning progress carefully monitored and where necessary, extra time is spent dealing with any learning speed bumps. Boys need focused attention, especially in the early years, and we provide it.
We understand boys, and we know they need plenty of time to burn off energy and engage in healthy physical activity that challenges them and teaches them team skills.
Sport is an integral part of Hereworth life and junior boys are actively involved in after school sports. Unique to Hereworth is our swimming programme, which gives water safety and swimming instruction to all junior boys for the full school year.
Boys also take part in music and drama, and have the option of undertaking additional music tuition with our experienced visiting tutors.
We firmly believe that it is particularly important in today’s society to instil in boys from a young age a good sense of morals and values. We work hard to ensure our boys appreciate the values that will serve them well throughout their lives: respect, good morals, manners, compassion and self-discipline.
At Hereworth we blend the best of modern and traditional teaching practices to deliver a curriculum that is focused on meeting the specific learning needs of boys in the early years of their education. The timetable gives our junior boys critical one-on-one time with their teacher in the core curriculum areas of literacy and maths. Learning in the specialist areas gives them the variety they need to keep them engaged, and provides a broad-based education that you won’t find at any other primary school.
Across the whole school. the learning programme is desgined to bring out the best in every boy, allowing each to find his own areas of strength.
The Hereworth school day is 9.00am to 3.00pm. We understand though that parents are busy with work and other commitments. To help, we provide free before school care from 8.00am and after school until 4.30pm. And there’ll be no more packing lunchboxes either! We provide morning and afternoon tea and lunch for him every day, ensuring his body and his brain are well nourished and ready for learning.
Years 0-3, Deputy Head
Hereworth boys enjoy deliberately small class sizes. This means they get more individualised attention which helps their development and our junior boys thrive in this environment. Our teachers spend more one-on-one time with your son to offer that all-important guidance and support.
Our caring and experienced teaching staff are all experts in teaching boys; they understand how boys learn and what makes them want to learn. They take great care to provide the inspiring environment in which our boys want to learn the skills to succeed at school.
We keep a close eye on each boy's development, carefully monitoring individual learning progress and where necessary, extra time is spent dealing with any learning speed bumps. Boys need focused attention, especially in the early years, and we provide it.
For boys, active learning makes for better learning. At Hereworth the Junior’s core curriculum focuses on developing reading, writing and maths skills. But because boys will be boys, we also create a blend of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom as this is crucial in the development of young minds.
Our weekly M.O.R.E. programme delivers active, engaging and hands-on education for boys from Year 0 to 3. M.O.R.E. is about getting the boys actively working together outside, experiencing nature, solving problems and taking risks. The aim is to build life skills that will serve them well as they grow into young men.
On the school grounds the boys work in teams on activities such as scavenger hunts, map reading, building huts, and even building a camp fire to cook themselves sausages for morning tea!
Speaking of a passion for what we do, all our staff embrace the Hereworth ethos. They respect our traditions. They support our approach to boys’ learning. They take personal satisfaction in seeing your son succeed.
Our teaching staff know the importance of maintaining a vibrant and exciting environment in the classroom at all times. Smaller class sizes are an advantage, but so, too, is the fact that Hereworth adopts a project-based, task-oriented approach to teaching (boys respond well to that!).
And to ensure we provide a rounded and balanced view, we employ specialist teachers who support the learning journey by providing teaching in subjects such as Art, Drama, Science, Technology and Hauora (Physical Education).
We do what’s necessary to give your son the best start at school.
We recognise each boy is an individual with his own unique learning needs, and for some this means they are ready to start school ahead of their fifth birthday. For some boys a longer period in the foundation years at school will serve them well as they begin their learning journey at Hereworth and we are happy to accommodate this.
There are flexible enrolment options for starting your son at Hereworth and we discuss with each family when the best time is for your son to start.