School day

The school day operates as follows

7.35am School Opens for Larks
8.20am – 8.35am Doors Open / Registration / Form Time
8.40am Assembly
9.00am Period 1
10.00am Break
10.20am Period 2
11.20am Period 3
12.20pm Lunch / Break
1.30pm Registration
1.35pm Period 4
2.35pm Period 5
3.00pm Nursery finishes (Owls / Sisters Club commences)
3.30pm Reception, Forms I & II finish (Owls / Sisters Club commences)
3.35pm – 4.00pm Period 6
4.00pm School ends (Forms III-VI)
6.00pm Owls finish

 


Uniform

School organisation

Charlotte House is a day prep school for girls aged 3-11 years. Currently, we have one form group per year and cap our class size to 20. The school is divided as follows:

Nursery & Reception Early Years 3-5 years
Forms I & II Pre-Prep 5-7 years
Forms III-VI Prep 7-11 years

All girls are allocated to a House. There are four Houses in the school which are led by a Form VI girl. Staff are also allocated a House. The Houses are as follows:

Goldfinches Yellow
Kingfishers Blue
Robins Red
Woodpeckers Green

The House system allows the girls to mix with other girls of different year groups. House competitions are a fun way to encourage a healthy competitive spirit, to encourage independence and to demonstrate leadership qualities.


Curriculum

Early Years

The Early Years Department is our Nursery and Reception classes. Both classes provide our youngest girls with a happy, safe and stimulating introduction to school life… read more

English

English forms the basis of much of the curriculum at Charlotte House; without the skills of competent reading, writing, speaking and listening, children would be unable to access learning in other subjects… read more

Maths

We aim for our girls to enjoy and develop an enthusiasm for mathematics and to leave Charlotte House as confident and enthusiastic mathematicians… read more

Science

The Science curriculum at Charlotte House is rigorous, engaging and fun! The enthusiasm of our teachers for this varied and exciting subject can be seen through the girls’ eagerness to learn about the world around them… read more

Humanities

Geography, History, Religious Education… read more

ICT

At Charlotte House we endeavour to provide our girls with the skills they need in order to become confident and competent users of technological equipment. We believe it is essential to enrich the quality of the curriculum by integrating technology into our daily lessons… read more

Languages

At Charlotte House we value and celebrate different languages. We learn to speak different languages to help us communicate, for sheer enjoyment and to ensure our pupils have a broader global outlook… read more

Learning Support / Gifted and Talented

Every child deserves a fantastic start in life with the best opportunities which will enable them to reach their full potential… read more

PE

Girls at Charlotte House enjoy a wide variety of sports in a co-operative and stimulating environment. Lessons take place in our well-equipped gymnasium and outside on the Tennis and Netball courts or on our extensive lawned area in our garden…. read more

PSHE

PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education.  These lessons, along with our pastoral care, ensure that each girl is given access to the skills and knowledge that will enable her to feel safe… read more

The Arts – Art & Design Technology

Our Art Department at Charlotte House is fuelled by the girls’ imaginations. Our main focus is laying the foundation for confident artists by encouraging individual work with creative ideas… read more

The Arts – Drama

 At Charlotte House we believe Drama is a vital tool in helping us to nurture confident, out-going girls. Drama is taught as part of the English Curriculum. The emphasis is on learning performance skills whilst developing the girl’s self-confidence… read more

The Arts – Music

Music plays an important role in the life of Charlotte House.  All the girls from Nursery to Form VI benefit from lessons with our specialist teacher. They are encouraged to perform: throughout the year they are involved in a variety of concerts and productions in and out of school… read more


Extracurricular

Extra-Curricular Clubs

We offer an exciting and varied range of extra-curricular activities to provide our pupils with the opportunity to develop a wide range of interests and skills.

Charlotte House clubs currently on offer include Drama, Gymnastics, Tae Kwando, Netball, Tennis, Science, Maths, Gardening, Ballet, Chess, Board Games, Library, Computers and language clubs covering Spanish, British Sign Language and Russian. We have regular visits from outside speakers to run after school Master Classes.

School Outings

As part of our ethos, we believe that learning is not just for the classroom. Much of what a child learns takes place beyond the classroom walls.

School outings and excursions are carefully planned to ensure that they support the curriculum and will provide the girls with a safe, stimulating experience. Recent destinations include The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Roald Dahl Museum and Verulamium.

All children from Forms IV to VI take part in an annual Outdoor Education Trip. These include a variety of outdoor pursuits including caving, low ropes, orienteering, kayaking and team-building activities.

Form V spends three days in Suffolk. They stay in a magnificent Tudor barn and we are lucky enough to have the services of an ecologist who helps the girls to appreciate their surroundings through a variety of activities ranging from tree-hugging to bat-watching. During this trip we also cover history and art with a visit to a Tudor enactment day at Kentwell Manor and sketching at Flatford Mill.

Form VI put their language knowledge to the test with four days in France. The trip covers a range of activities such as sand-sailing, making new friends in a local French school, haggling at a market, milking goats and then making cheese. The girls come back reassured that all the hard work in the classroom has resulted in their being able to understand and make themselves understood whilst communicating with the French!

School Councils

Mrs Wildman leads the School Council.  A pupil representative from each class (except Nursery) is elected.  The School Council meet weekly to discuss ideas to bring to the Headmistress.

We also have an Eco-Council led by Miss Francis. They are in-charge of promoting our status as an Eco-School and help the wider school community realise what they should be doing to help protect our beautiful surroundings. They have achieved Silver status and are working towards the Gold Medal.

Masterclasses

As part of our enrichment programme, we offer a varied and interesting set of talks to stimulate intellectual curiosity and to broaden the girls’ knowledge beyond the taught curriculum.  The girls have enjoyed talks on the following subjects:

  • Simple economics (an understanding of supply and demand)
  • A talk by a visiting Professor of Chemistry
  • An in-sight into the customs of Papua New Guinea
  • Tag-rugby session run by an ex-international rugby player.

These are held half termly and are open to any girl in Forms IV to VI.