- About Us
- Pupil Care
- Outside the Classroom
Today, The Elms is one of the largest and most successful independent co-educational schools regionally, enjoying a national reputation.
There are approximately 370 pupils at The Elms, from the youngest at just six weeks old in the nursery through to our Year 6 pupils preparing for the next stage of their education at secondary school.
Teaching and Learning at The Elms is of the highest standard, judged by the Independent Schools Inspectorate as “Excellent”. Challenging and interactive lessons, opportunities for independent learning, regular monitoring and feedback ensure that children make very good progress. Our Learning Support teachers provide help and guidance for children who have specific learning needs.
The Elms opened on the 9th September 1999 with 142 pupils with Mrs Anne Beardsley as the first Head and just 15 members of staff. At this time the school comprised of only the original ‘Elms Hotel’ building and three temporary classrooms.
As the school opened with greater numbers than were anticipated, immediate building was required in the shape of the David Wigglesworth Building, named after the chairman of the Governing Body responsible for the birth of The Elms. The formal opening of the school took place on Saturday 25th September 2000, with David Wigglesworth himself performing the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
In response to its popularity, and the Governors' recognition of the enormous benefits to the children's education, the decision was taken in 2001 to develop The Elms into a two form entry school. Another building was required and The Elms Upper School was completed in August 2002 and opened the following July by Miss Georgina Lee, British Olympic swimmer.
Following the retirement of Mrs Beardsley in September 2007, Mr Keith Morrow was appointed as the new Head Master and the School expanded to three forms for Year 4, 5 and 6. A new building project was embarked upon and in the Michaelmas Term 2008, The Elms Upper School extension was completed, enabling a third class of Year 3 pupils to be part of the Lower School. At the same time a Nursery extension allowed greater space for our ever growing Nursery.
New facilities for 2008 / 09 included three new classrooms, a new library, an extended nursery bungalow, new offices, changing rooms and a new dining room. New facilities for 2010 included an Art/DT room at both the Lower and Upper Elms, a Modern Foreign Languages room, speech and drama rooms, learning support rooms and the relocation of the music department to its very own Elms’ Music School in the Catterns Building.
In 2016 we added three new Junior school classrooms, created a dedicated Nursery building and refurbished areas of the Lower School.
The Elms is a remarkably successful school, but we are ambitious to offer our children even more opportunities in the future. We have a detailed school strategy that sets out our ambitions for the next five years, to ensure we maintain and enhance our many strengths, and build a reputation for excellence on a national level.
Teaching and Learning is at the heart of our development plan. We aim to build upon our excellent teaching and develop our curriculum further in the juniors by the use of specialists in Design Technology, Art, Information Communication Technology and Science, alongside the other specialism we offer to all pupils.
We aim to further enhance the children’s involvement in their own learning, through our development of assessment for learning: target setting, use of tracking data, more opportunities for gifted and talented pupils, whilst strengthening our learning support provision.
Nurturing our community is something we take great pride in. We are keen to further develop our school community, both within the school by developing our Chapel life, leadership opportunities for children, strengthening communication with parents, and developing an international dimension to our curriculum.