The Phoenix School joined the UCS Foundation of Schools in 2002. It aims to provide a happy, supportive, and stimulating environment for our 130 pupils aged 3 – 7. The Phoenix School fully supports the aims and ethos of the whole UCS Foundation; intellectual curiosity and independence of mind are developed, self-discovery and self-expression are fostered, and learning co-operatively and collaboratively is highly valued.
Learning takes place through a range of carefully planned activities including formal teaching, and structured indoor and outdoor play. Pupils are encouraged to think creatively and explore their environment and problem-solve. We believe this enables them to construct their own understanding of the world around them. We have an average class size of 14 – 18 pupils, and all teachers are supported by teaching assistants as well as specialist teachers in Music, Art, DT, and PE. We cover the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Key Stage One Programme of Study, thus providing a broad and balanced curriculum through creative, innovative, and exciting teaching. There are designated Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One areas, with light, well equipped classrooms, a spacious gym, an art room and library area. Our pupils also use the facilities at the Senior School and Junior Branch on a regular basis. Pastoral Care Our system of pastoral care at the Phoenix is founded upon five principles: 1. We believe that all children need to be happy and secure, and that learning should be fun 2. We cater exceptionally well for able pupils who need an environment that instils confidence and develops self-esteem, thus enabling the child’s full potential to be realised 3. Communication between home and school is excellent. Parents are encouraged to speak with form teachers and the Headmistress whenever the need arises 4. Parent-teacher meetings provide opportunities for discussion about a child’s progress and attainments. The school provides two full written reports annually 5. There are numerous activities, including regular lessons, which family members are invited to attend. A comprehensive events calendar is published every term Co-Curricular Pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities alongside formal teaching at the Phoenix. We have weekly swimming, Music, Art and ICT lessons as well as use of the UCS playing fields and the Sir Roger Bannister Sports Centre, and we make frequent visits to the UCS Junior Branch library to enhance our students’ education. We also aim to offer as broad and unique a range of activities as possible through our clubs programme. This includes Tae Kwon Do, Gymnastics, Art, Sports Academy, Chess, and Ballet. Parents may also arrange individual music lessons for piano or violin from Year 1 and above. Our students also benefit from many educational outings throughout the year – recently we have visited Hampstead Heath, Kew Gardens, and the Florence Nightingale Museum - and we regularly welcome artists, authors, and members of the local community to speak to students at School. Beyond the Phoenix Our education provision is designed to take boys and girls from their Nursery education through to their transition to Junior Schools in Year 3 in a way that is planned and progressive. Pupils successfully transfer to a range of schools, including selective academic schools. Parents are invited to discuss the available options with the Headmistress and the suitability of different schools given both their child’s needs and family circumstances. It is hoped that boys displaying academic potential, and who meet the qualifying academic standard, will enjoy a seamless transition to the Junior Branch of UCS at 7+. However, attendance at The Phoenix School is not a guarantee of transfer to the Junior Branch of UCS. Boys who wish to join the Junior Branch must go through the standard UCS registration and assessment process during Year 2 (details of which can be obtained from the UCS Junior Branch Office). Our girls transfer to a variety of successful schools including, City of London School for Girls, St Paul’s School for Girls, South Hampstead High School for Girls, Highgate School, Belmont School and others. Admission The Phoenix School is a selective school. The number of pupils registered will normally well exceed the number of available places. It is the obligation of the School to make its selection process equally accessible to all pupils regardless of their ethnicity, religion, disability or background. The main entry point to the School is at Nursery (age 3+). Occasional places may become available in other year groups. Finding out more about the School The Headmistress and staff are pleased to welcome families to visit the school before deciding whether or not to register their children for admission. Such visits should always be booked in advance through the School Office. It is not necessary that parents are accompanied by their children on these pre-registration visits. Please visit our website for additional information