Academic Curriculum

Our pupils enjoy a wide range of subjects across the curriculum allowing them to embark on an exciting learning journey as they progress through the school. 

Academic success at Edgeborough is built on:

  • Outstanding teaching
  • Excellent resources
  • Small classes
  • Development of thinking skills and language work from an early age.
  • Reinforcement of core skills at an early age.
  • Positive co-operation and support for pupils and the school from parents.

The great majority of our pupils will go onto outstanding and selective Senior Schools and a good number will enter their senior schools having taken their scholarship examinations.

Nursery and Reception years (EYFS)

In the Nursery and Reception years, there are six key areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
  • Communication, Language and Literacy;
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy;
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World;
  • Physical Development;
  • Creative Development.

Years 1 – 2

In years 1-2, the pupils follow a curriculum informed by, but broader than the National Curriculum.  Additional time is given to the creative arts such as Music, Art and Design Technology and Sport.  ICT and French are also taught.

Timetabled subjects:

For literacy, the Pre Prep use the very successful ‘Read, Write Inc.’ programme and for Maths we use the ‘Abacus Mathematics’ system. As well as this we subscribe to ‘Mindlab’ which is used as a supplement to equip all pupils with the ability to deal with problem solving effectively. Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, PSE , Sports (including swimming and PE,) Creative and Performing Arts, Design Technology, Art and Music. We also teach the Pre Prep pupils French and ICT.

Years 3 – 5

All the subjects outlined for Years 1 & 2 are continued and enhanced. The overall curriculum is designed to ensure pupils acquire, and become comfortable with, the skills needed for success in senior school entrance pre-tests in Year 6, Common Entrance and beyond. 

Timetabled subjects:

English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, French, Computing, PSE , Sports (including swimming and PE,) Creative and Performing Arts, Design Technology, Art and Music.

Years 6-8

In years 6 – 8 the pupils are prepared for the Common Entrance examinations in core subjects; English, Mathematics and Science. Edgeborough enjoys the flexibility of the PSB curriculum for other subjects. French, Latin, History, Geography and Religious Studies are supplemented by PSE, sports, (including major sports, Swimming and PE), Drama, Design Technology, Art and Music.

Pupils not taking Latin will follow a timetabled non-Latin course consisting of additional work in the core subjects of English and Mathematics.

Timetabled subjects:

English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, French, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Studies, PSE , Sports (including swimming and PE) Design Technology, Art and Music.


In Year 7, a decision is taken as to whether the Common Entrance or Scholarship programme is the more suitable for each individual pupil. This can depend on pupil’s ability, style of learning and the school of choice.

Sport and the Arts

Sport and creative arts have a large presence within the school timetable and details can be found by clicking on the links below:

Creative Arts

Performing Arts