Branwood aims to provide the teaching and learning necessary to enable every child to be independent learners and well-rounded individuals. As the children progress through the school we aim to ensure that each individual is able to pass the Entrance Examinations at age eleven in to the schools which form The Manchester Consortium of Independent Schools, whilst also having prepared the children for the Trafford 11+ examinations.
We provide a continuous and progressive education through the following:
- For Staff to work as a team to devise and operate detailed schemes of work, incorporating as necessary elements of the National Curriculum, which will ensure the necessary progression towards the 11+Examinations.
- The progress of the children will be regularly monitored and as required plans will be revised to meet their needs.
- The basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and numeracy are regularly taught and explored throughout the whole school.
- AII schools within The Manchester Consortium are liaised with on a regular basis to ensure for the children that the correct curriculum is in place and that the children enter the school that is right for them.
Children learn in different ways and at Branwood we aim to:
- Enable children to work individually, in pairs, in small groups or as a whole class.
- Ensure that the classroom environment is appropriate to the lesson being taught, therefore it can be silent, quiet or sometimes very noisy!
- Ensure that all Staff talk, demonstrate, listen, guide, assesses and discipline as necessary.
- Employ a carefully chosen range of teaching styles and classroom organisation dependent upon the learning objectives of the lesson being taught
- Encourage all children to have growing sense of awareness of their own learning and development
- Ensure that all children are given the opportunity to excel
At Branwood we apply strong moral values to all that we do, and within our collective worship we guide the children to grow morally, culturally and spiritually by:
- Regular praise and a feeling of security to help the children develop self-esteem
- Encouraging curiosity and an understanding of perseverance to develop greater independence in the children’s learning and open and questioning minds
- To offer positive rewards and fairly applied sanctions to promote good behaviour, which comply with the school’s reward/discipline policy
- Encouraging all children to show a caring and respectful attitude to other people’s belief and feelings
- Listening to the children’s ideas and suggestions and involving them in some decision making to encourage their social development as future citizens
We aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which our children can learn:
- We endeavour to follow all health and safety legislation and to operate within best practice guidelines
- We ensure that the safeguarding and security of all children is given the highest priority
- We aim to ensure that the internal and external fabric of the building is maintained to the highest possible standard to ensure the most pleasant working environment for both children and Staff and for all visitors to our school
- We aim to provide the best quality furniture and fittings within the restraints of a budget and to ensure the replacement of broken or worn-out items as soon as possible
- We aim to ensure that the outside provision is suitable for all children as a valuable educational resource and play area
- We develop a stimulating, safe and exciting working environment for all