The Lower School opened its doors in 2016 and provides pupils with the perfect stepping stone between Prep school and life in the Senior School.
We support your child’s natural talents and introduce them to the vast array of subjects and co-curricular activities Epsom has to offer. We also take time and care to get to know your child and our focus on pastoral care is second to none.
Around 70% of staff live on site with their families, and many have their own children at the College. This helps to forge a strong family ethos and supportive community. Something in which we take great pride.
Lower School Curriculum
The 180 Lower School pupils – an even balance of girls and boys – follow a curriculum based on four key principles:
Skills for the future
First and foremost we have fashioned a curriculum that will develop skills for the future; key skills and knowledge required for GCSEs and A-level and, moreover, skills that will support a love of lifelong learning.
Learning how to learn
In essence, in the Lower School pupils are learning how to learn – the curriculum will develop the pupils’ abilities to absorb, discern and assimilate knowledge, to make connections between subjects and across the broad curriculum we offer.
We know pupils learn best when they are happy, healthy young individuals. Therefore, at the heart of the all that is achieved in the Lower School will be the pupils’ wellbeing and their involvement in the Epsom community. All pupils take part in a weekly lesson on wellbeing, a vital skill for young people as they negotiate the trials and pressures of adolescence.
In developing the Lower School curriculum, we have an opportunity to assess the requirements of a 21st-century education. For example, Mandarin is delivered as a taught language in the Lower School. The College already has a successful Mandarin department for the older pupils and the Lower School allows the opportunity to learn the language from an earlier age. Technology, including tablets in the classroom, play a key role in the curriculum.
The aim of the Lower School is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on prior learning and gives pupils from a wide variety of educational backgrounds a sound basis for GCSE study. All pupils have lessons in:
- Two Modern Languages (chosen from French, German, Spanish or Mandarin)
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Religious Studies
- Computer Science
- Design & Technology
In Year 8 pupils also have the option of continuing Latin or taking a course in Classical Civilisation. Setting is generally mixed ability with the exception of Mathematics and Languages.
When it comes to Co-curricular opportunities at Epsom, anything is possible.
The life beyond the classroom for our Lower School pupils offers them excitement, passion and commitment that can transform young lives and prepare them for the richest possible lives as adults.
As well as our outstanding sports facilities, pupils are given the opportunity to explore more unusual co-curricular opportunities to broaden their horizons. From equine to nautical; from rugby pitch to dance studio, our pupils will experience the expertise of highly skilled professionals within and beyond the Epsom community.
There are no timetabled lessons on Saturday, though pupils are expected to attend in the morning, either to play in fixtures or receive sports coaching.
Lower School contacts
Head of Lower School: Mr E G Lance BSc (Dunelm)
Deputy Head of Lower School & Head of Third Form: Miss B Thomas BA (Exeter)
Head of Lower Fourth: Miss Katie Allen BA (Oxon), MA (Birkbeck)
Head of Lower School Co-Curricular Activities: Miss S Cockayne BA (Birmingham)
PA to Head of Lower School: Miss T Barrows
Lower School Reception: Mrs A Gamble