Junior Department Life

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Junior Department - Reception to Year 6

The Cobham Free School (CFS) junior department (Reception to Year 6) opened as a one form entry primary school in September 2012 following a successful bid in wave 2 of the government's Free School Programme. Opening in a small Gospel Hall, with just three infant classes, it has now has cohorts up to Year 6. The junior school moved to the Old Police Station site on Portsmouth Road, Cobham in November 2013; the building was re-designed and refurbished to provide excellent educational facilities. The expansion to become a two form entry school in September 2021 has resulted in a further move to the smart, new Main School site, where the upper juniors have their own wing and have access to the specialist facilities. The lower school (Reception to Year 2) has remained in the lovely, nurturing environment provided by the Old Police Station.

The department is led by Mrs Rolfe, Head of Junior, who is supported by Mrs Grenander, Deputy Head and Mrs Hodgetts, Assistant Head for Lower School. The staff teaching team are experienced and highly qualified practitioners. Pupils from reception upwards have specialist lessons in Music and PE. Year 5 and 6 have specialist French lessons.

Since opening, the school has achieved success in national assessments. This includes achieving 100% in the phonics check twice and being in the top 10% nationally for progress in 2016 for Reading and Mathematics. In 2019 100% of KS2 pupils reached the expected level in both Reading and SPAG. 83% of these pupils reached the expected level in Reading, Writing and Mathematics against the National Average of 65%.

The junior department has proved very popular with parents and is oversubscribed for every year group. In September 2017 the school maintained a Good rating in its second OFSTED inspection and we were delighted with the very positive report from the inspectors.

Mrs Rolfe

Message from Mrs Rolfe - Head of Junior

It is a privilege to work with such a dynamic and enthusiastic team of teachers, support staff and children in my role leading the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 phases of the school. No two days are ever the same, with pupils enjoying the wide range of rich opportunities and experiences on offer.

I am looking forward to watching our pupils progress and flourish as they move through the school. We are already seeing the impact of our approach on the excellent results we are achieving across the phases and in the outstanding behaviour of our pupils. The children arrive at school each day happy, positive, and eager to start their lessons - we are delighted to be inspiring such a love of learning.

Message from Mrs Grenander - Deputy Head of Junior

My passion has always been to inspire a love of learning and at Cobham Free School (CFS), in my role as Teaching and Learning Lead, I strive to ensure that we deliver a curriculum that is engaging, diverse and creative. Teachers at CFS empower their pupils and ignite within them a desire to learn and succeed.

At CFS, we fully embed the approach of cultural capital to ensure our children are exposed to a mixture of traditional and modern cultures from around the world, encompassing our Geography, History, RE and Art curriculum.

We strive to go beyond the classroom and motivate our children to be active, not only physically but mentally, developing into well rounded individuals leaving CFS junior department with a thirst for knowledge, a respect for all and a desire to achieve the best they can.

Department Organisation

Lower School, based at the Old Police Station:

  • Age 4+ Reception: Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Age 5+ Year 1: Key Stage 1

  • Age 6+ Year 2: Key Stage 1

Upper Juniors, based at the Main School:

  • Age 7+ Year 3 : Key Stage 2

  • Age 8+ Year 4: Key Stage 2

  • Age 9+ Year 5: Key Stage 2

  • Age 10+ Year 6: Key Stage 2

Junior Day

The formal school day runs from 8:40 to 15:30 in the lower school (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) and from 8:40 to 15:45 in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). The school doors at each site open at 8:30 for those not attending Earlybirds and children make their way to their classrooms having been greeted at the door by a senior member of staff. Pupils are dismissed by their teacherin the playground at the end of the school day, before being released to parents.