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  • What does a typical class at Carrdus School look like?

    • Each class has a full-time teacher and in the Lower School they also have a full-time teaching assistant. The average class size is 16 with a maximum of 20. There are approximately between 25% and 50% boys in each class. Children work in mixed age groups for Outdoor Learning Days, where the focus is on teamwork and leadership.

       

  • Does my child need to wear a uniform?

    • Children throughout the school wear their own clothes; we do not have a school uniform. Children will require a basic Carrdus sports kit for PE lessons.

  • Do you offer Breakfast and After-School provisions?

    • Yes we do. We run a Breakfast Club between 7.50am and 8.30am. Our after school clubs run from 3.40pm until 4.30pm; we offer an exciting programme that changes each term to help children discover new talents and develop new skills. Between 4.30pm and 6.30pm we run Teatimers Club, where children have a chance to relax and wind down, as well as receiving a ‘high tea’ before they go home.

  • Do you provide transport to and from school?

    • We provide a minibus service every morning and afternoon from different local destinations. Each bus has a responsible member of the team onboard and children can travel on it from nursery age upwards. Please ask for details if you’re interested and we will advise on pick-up and drop-off locations.

  • What outdoor facilities do you have?

    • The school is set in 11 acres of beautiful grounds and includes tennis courts, netball courts, an Outdoor Learning Classroom, a Forest School area as well as climbing frames, mud kitchens, a large tree house, a fort and a climbing wall. We have an outdoor heated pool within a walled garden and a well-stocked vegetable garden. Outdoor learning includes a Learning Outside Classroom (LOC) lesson each week, Outdoor Learning Days each term using bell tents and a fire pit and we have our own trained Forest School leader who runs courses in the Lower School.

  • What phonics technique do you use?

    • We have our own phonics and spellings study programmes with our phonics scheme based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ from the Department for Education (DfE). We use Read Write flashcards and rhymes. We also use a variety of phonically-decodable books.

  • What reading platform do you use?

    • We don’t follow a particular scheme for reading but we have a wide variety of books from lots of different schemes such as Oxford Owl, Read Write Inc. and Project X to ensure that our children are given access to a variety of stories, genres and writing styles.

  • What creative arts and crafts activities do you offer at the school?

    • We are lucky enough to have our own Art Studio at Carrdus, which Years 1-6 use every week with a specialist art teacher. We run regular school Art Days as well as our weekly Art Club and Art Holiday Clubs. We also have Design & Technology days, a cookery club and other sewing and craft based clubs too. We like to think that we offer something for everyone.

  • Will my child get to use computers and technology daily?

    • We have a computing room with touch screen computers and iPad tablets. There is a daily computer-based Learning Club and children have two weekly lessons in the computer room. Tablets are used in the classrooms to support ICT skills right across the curriculum.

  • What languages are taught?

    • French is part of the curriculum and some terms we will run taster clubs in Italian and Latin too.

  • What sports facilities do you have?

    • We have two full-size tennis courts, two netball courts, a cross-country course, a sports hall and an outdoor heated swimming pool. We’re also able to use facilities at nearby Tudor Hall School.

  • What is the school’s sports provision?

    • Sport is a huge part of life at Carrdus for all our children and we offer a wide and varied PE curriculum along with numerous sports clubs before, during and after school. Much of the school PE and Sport takes part onsite at Carrdus, but our children can also benefit from the excellent facilities and coaching staff at nearby Tudor Hall.

      In the Lower School, children are introduced to a wide range of sports including gymnastics, dance, hockey, netball, football, cricket, tag rugby, athletics, swimming and tennis. In the Upper School (Years 3 to 6), children continue to develop their skills across all these sports but there is a growing emphasis on team play. With regular fixtures against other schools, all children get the opportunity to take part.

  • How often will my child swim and what year do they start?

    • The children swim regularly each week from April to October in our 17-metre heated outdoor swimming pool and even the most reluctant participants become confident swimmers. Children have Water Confidence lessons in Nursery and from Reception to Year 6 they will swim three or four times a week.

  • What homework is my child expected to do?

    • During Early Years we encourage phonics and reading practice each night. From Year 1 through to Year 6 we supply spellings, mental Maths and reading homework each night.

      All children from Year 1 onwards will also be asked to complete Maths, English and other subject homeworks each week, including a ‘Big Write’ ‘talking’ homework. All children have access to a wide variety of online learning programmes.

  • Am I able to discuss my child's progress with their teacher?

    • We operate a completely open-door policy at Carrdus. Parents can chat to or email their child’s teachers whenever the need arises. We also hold Parents’ Evenings once a term.

  • My child needs additional help in the classroom, what provisions do you have for this?

    • We have a Learning Support teacher and each child will be assessed on an individual basis depending on their needs. Please contact us to discuss your child’s individual needs.

  • Where will my child go to on school trips?

    • Trips are arranged by the class teachers. Nursery and Reception typically take a trip out once a year and this could be to either Cotswold Farm Park, Warwick Castle, the Science Park or even the Roald Dahl Museum. The older year groups will go on more frequent trips, usually once a term. In Years 3 and 6 our pupils will get the opportunity to take part in residential trips, for example our five-day stay at Kilvrough.

  • We want our child to board when they move up to secondary school, do you offer any boarding experience in Year 5 and 6?

    • There is no boarding facility at Carrdus. Our sister school Tudor Hall runs boarding trial nights for prospective girls who might attend there after leaving Carrdus.

  • We are moving to the UK from overseas. Do you have any specific provisions for international students joining Carrdus?

    • Prospective parents can chat to the registrar over the phone or via email. We will request references from the child’s current school and Taster Days are prior to starting school where possible.

  • What are the main religions taught at Carrdus?

    • We follow the national curriculum for Religious Education and this covers different religions. Carrdus has a loosely Christian-based ethos.

  • What are the fees?

    • In 2020, our fees for children in Reception up to Year 2 are £3,750 per term. From Year 3 to Year 6 the fee is £4,050 per term. After school club fees are in addition to the school fees and are dependent on the number of hours required. Our fees are reviewed annually by our Board of Governors and invoices are sent out by the Bursary before the start of each term.

  • Do you offer a sibling discount?

    • Yes, we offer a sibling discount of £75 per term for children in Reception to Year 6.

  • Does the school award bursaries?

    • Bursaries are awarded to new and current parents who are in financial need. Bursaries are means-tested and assessed on a range of factors. Parents wishing to make an application should contact the Bursar via email: bursar@tudorhallschool.com.

  • Do you accept childcare vouchers?

    • We can receive the Early Years’ Grant and we accept childcare vouchers too.

  • Is there a deposit to pay to reserve a space at Carrdus School?

    • We ask for a £100 Registration Fee (which is non-refundable) to register your child and a further £500 deposit (refundable) upon acceptance of a place.