"From the youngest children onwards, pupils' achievements are excellent as are their attitudes to learning. The overall quality and standards of the EYFS are excellent , successfully contributing to the achievement of the school's aims of providing an environment in which children feel secure and can grow in confidence and self-esteem whilst also encouraging all children to reach their full potential." Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2013
Loyola is a Catholic Independent School in Buckhurst Hill, Essex for boys aged 3 to 11 which bases it's characteristics and ethos on the basis of Ignatian education.
With a high teacher to pupil ratio, the school focuses its teaching techniques to focus on how boys learn best. These practices encourage greater stimulation and enjoyment which is clearly demonstrated by the boys’ overall behaviour and academic results, with many leading to multiple scholarship offers.
All teaching staff are fully qualified and commited to furthering the natural curiosity in each child. Working alongside our teaching staff, every class is supported by a dedicated teaching assistant who is fundamental in encouraging the boys to flourish in confidence and independence.
Many boys join Lower Kindergarten at 3 where they have the benefit of small class sizes and a caring, trained staff. They quickly become comfortable in the nurturing ethos of the school as they feel safe and enjoy their learning in a happy, stimulating environment where friendships are formed. When ready, pupils move into Upper Kindergarten where they continue to develop skills in Writing, Reading, Maths and Science, before continuing their Early Years journey into the main school Reception class.
Following on from this they transition into Key Stage 1 (ages 5 to 7) and a more formal style of learning. Here they are introduced to specific subject areas, such as History, Geography, PSHE, the Arts and introducing specialist teachers.
In Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11) each class is divided into smaller groups when learning English and Maths, with a dedicated teacher for each of these subjects. This allows for pupils to work at a pace which will continually challenge them and advance their learning. The KS2 curriculum expands further to include German as a Modern Foreign Language, Latin and Non-Verbal/Verbal Reasoning.
To add to the broad academic curriculum, we recognise and develop the range of talents our boys have which include sports (tennis, swimming, football, rugby, sailing, trampolining, hockey to name a few), choral (choir and Schola) and creativity (chess, imagineering, lego, sketching and animation).
Our aim is to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. We work very closely with parents as we appreciate that all children are unique and special thus needing to be suitably prepared for the next stage of their education. As a result of the comprehensive work throughout the school, including final 11+ exam preparation, we are proud that our boys go on to attend a wide range of competitive, high achieving schools.