Campbell College Junior
What it's like
Founded in 2006, it is housed in newly built, state-of-the-art buildings alongside the senior school. Both schools share a single site on an impressive 100-acre wooded estate in the eastern suburbs of the city. The school's aim is to promote academic, sporting and cultural excellence within the atmosphere of a warm, family school. The emphasis is on the total curriculum, and a good range of extra-curricular activities allows the individual talents of each boy to be fostered. High standards are achieved in sports, particularly in swimming, and optional sports include archery and fencing. Almost all boys transfer to Campbell College.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 3–11, 224 day pupils (plus 48 in the kindergarten). Entrance: Main entry age 3. Entrance by interview and satisfactory report from any previous school. No special skills or religious requirements.
Scholarships & bursaries
No scholarships or bursaries.
Head & staff
Head: Mrs Hazel Rowan, in post since 2004. Educated at Methodist College, Belfast, and Queens University Belfast (English and modern history). Teaching staff: 10 full-time, 5 part-time.
Pupils take Key Stage 2 assessments and Northern Ireland AQE transfer test at 11 or the GL Assessment. All pupils achieve Level 4 standard in Key Stage 2 and 75% achieve Level 5.
95% of pupils go on to Campbell College, having taken a transfer test.
All National Curriculum subjects taught. Extensive programme of personal development and mutual understanding covered. Special provision: Help provided by specialist SEN co-ordinator and assistant. Languages: French taught from age 8. ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. Pupils have access to computer suite and have interactive whiteboards from age 4.
Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams may be taken. 2 musical groups. All pupils involved in school drama productions; major production each year, eg James Bond, The Jungle Book recently; also Christmas and junior productions. Pupils share art facilities of senior school. Music, drama and art all offered as extra-curricular activities.
Sports & activities
Rugby, football, cricket, tennis, hockey, athletics, gymnastics, dance, swimming are compulsory. Archery, fencing, cross-country are further options. Sports fields and swimming pool on site. Extensive match programmes in all competitive sports. Some 10+ clubs and activities eg archery, chess and board games, computers, art, scripture union.
Uniform: School uniform worn. Houses: Competitive houses. School council, elected by pupils; school captain, appointed. Religion: Inter-denominational. Assembly each morning compulsory. Social: Meals formal and compulsory; pupils allowed to bring a health snack to school for break time. Most pupils travel to school by car. Full wrap-around care provided, 8am to 6pm.
A comprehensive discipline policy, reviewed annually, focuses on positive discipline. Any pupil failing to produce homework on time would be required to produce it the next day, signed by parent; any pupil caught stealing would be given a detention and the parents informed.