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!

The Junior School Team

The Junior School Team

Richard Wright, the Head of Junior School, leads the Junior School Leadership Team. He is supported by two Pastoral and Academic Care Co-ordinators (PACCs), Jenny Rickwood (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2) and Katy Howes (Years 3 to 6). The PACCs manage the pastoral and academic programmes of their phase and co-ordinate the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme. The team work closely with Junior School class teachers and specialists teachers to create an engaging, challenging, relevant and significant academic programme underpinned by the PYP and pastorally support each student. Richard, Jenny and Katy work to make the Junior School a happy, fun, and safe learning environment where the entire community join together for the benefit of our children.

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 examples 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.

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