Welcome to the PLC Junior School
Having happy students who are known, feel cared for and valued as individuals is important to us. Once our students have a circle of friends to support them and in which they feel that they belong, they are set to go about the ‘real’ business of school – learning!
Richard Wright, the Head of Junior School, leads the Junior School Pastoral Care team. He is supported by the Deputy Head of Junior School – Pastoral Care and Operations, Vernita Jaques, and the team of homeroom teachers. The homeroom teachers spend most of their time in contact with your children, and know them well. They also maintain contact with Specialist teachers regarding pastoral and academic matters. Richard, Vernita and the team look forward to working together with you to support your children in the best way possible. Jenny Rickwood is the Deputy Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning. Jenny meets regularly with homeroom teachers and Specialist teachers to discuss and plan content and approaches to teaching, and to track academic progress.
Meet Head of Junior School, Richard Wright
I have over 14 years leading girls, co-educational and boys Primary Schools and this has significantly shaped my view on the importance of these years.
My personal philosophy of this time of a child’s life focuses on academic rigour and the joy of childhood. These are not mutually exclusive and what I see as our role in the Junior School, and as a wider community. What I mean by academic rigour is simply an academic programme that is challenging, relevant, significant and engaging, delivered through exceptional and appropriate pedagogies. We have very high expectations of our children’s achievement of their academic potential.
The joy of childhood is simply allowing kids to be kids. You only get one go at childhood, you might as well make it a good one. What research has shown all through my career is many of the joys of childhood are exceptionally strong markers for academic achievement. Play, talking, climbing, singing, dancing, role play, being bored and finding creative solutions are example of joyful childhood activities that are effective supports of academic progression.
We look forward to working closely with parents to have every student reach their academic potential and thrive by experiencing and living the joy of childhood.