Curriculum - Windrush Valley School - Prep School Oxfordshire


At Windrush Valley Private School, we are dedicated to providing an excellent start to every child’s educational journey. Our diverse and comprehensive curriculum is designed to foster individual growth, ensuring each child receives personalised attention within our small class sizes, averaging around 14 pupils. Many of our devoted teachers have been with the school for several years, ensuring stability, continuity, and a wealth of experience all tailored for our pupil’s growth and success.

Curriculum Principles:

Our curriculum is designed to achieve the following objectives:


Full-Spectrum Learning:

  • Comprehensive education covering linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, and aesthetic and creative domains.
  • Development of speaking, listening, literacy, and numeracy skills.
  • Personal, social, health, and economic education, aligned with our school’s ethos and promoting respect for diversity.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

  • Tailored program for pupils below compulsory school age.
  • Emphasis on personal, social, emotional, and physical development, along with communication and language skills.
  • Preparation for life in British society.


Core Values:

  • Encouraging positive, responsible, and healthy individuals through planned activities, including extra-curricular pursuits.
  • High value on positive behaviour, fostered through strong interpersonal relationships.
  • English is the language of instruction.


Aims and Objectives:

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Cultivate high self-esteem, positive attitudes towards learning, and respect for self and others.
  • Encourage skill development, critical thinking, aesthetic abilities, and a love for sporting activities.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation for lifelong learning.
  • Develop an awareness of spiritual, moral, and ethical values, along with a commitment to equal opportunities.


Key skills:

Key skills embedded in our planning models include:

  • Reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Numeracy and information technology.
  • Collaboration and problem-solving.
  • Motivation, perseverance, and a strong work ethic.


Curriculum Elements:

Our curriculum consists of two major elements:

Discrete Element:

  • Academic subjects, Reading/Writing, Mathematics, Languages, Science, History, Geography, etc.
  • Performance arts, including stage productions, music, and art.
  • One World: Nature, conservation, wildlife, global warming, etc.
  • Sports: Team games, PE, athletics, swimming, etc.


Hidden Element [and taught element through My World]:

  • Core Values focusing on Personality, Character, Sociability, and Competency.


Assessment and Monitoring:

  • Regular assessment and monitoring of pupil progress.
  • Analysis of results to inform content and delivery planning.
  • Early identification of potential learning difficulties for timely intervention.
  • The Headteacher oversees the day-to-day organisation of the curriculum.