Academic

A broad academic curriculum provides a foundation for learning

A combination of primary and subject specialist teachers

Riley House is organised into small groups with an average class size of 12. Our two dedicated primary school teachers are attached to the two younger year groups in Riley and they work alongside specialist subject-specific teachers from the senior part of the school. They’re experts in their fields and deliver lessons in areas like languages, music, science and art. The older Riley pupils receive all their lessons with the specialist subject teachers in the main part of the School.

Tailored courses and individual attention

Pupils join Riley house from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations. As well as local day pupils, we welcome children from much further afield – including abroad. We look closely at the needs of each pupil and tailor a course to support the transition between their previous school and their progression into senior school at the age of 13. Courses are generally based on English Key Stages Two and Three.

Riley facts

  • Children aged 9 to 11 year are taught by two specialist primary school teachers and by subject specialists for French, music, science, computing, RE and PE. Those aged 11 to 13 are taught by subject specialists from the Senior School for all classes.
  • Classes are organised to take into account ability and previous experience to ensure each pupil is working at an appropriate level.
  • Pupils make the most of our extensive campus with opportunities for outdoor and practical learning.
  • Tutors are on hand to assist with evening prep

A solid foundation helps develop skills for the future

We ensure each child has a good grounding in core subjects and experience in specialist areas before moving on to further study. The gradual exposure to specialist teaching allows pupils to make good progress both in the core subjects and in the many subjects they will pursue in senior school.

Classes are organised to take into account ability and previous experience to ensure each pupil is working at an appropriate level.

Forms 1JJ (P5) and Form 1J (P6)

In Form 1JJ (P5) and Form 1J (P6) pupils study:

Core subjects taught by class teacher:

• English
• Mathematics
• Personal and Social Development
• History
• Geography

Specialist teachers for: 

• French
• Science
• Computing
• Design Technology
• Art
• Religious Education
• Music
• Physical Education

Form 1 and Form 11

In Form I there are two mixed ability sets. In Form II pupils are streamed into two sets according to ability while Mathematics and French groups are settled independently. In these years, the curriculum covers:

• Art
• Classical Studies/Latin
• Computing
• Design Technology
• English
• French
• Geography
• History
• Mathematics
• Music
• Physical Education
• Religious Education
• Science