|The overall aim is this: to extend the Christ College family to younger children, offering the same warmth of community, the same belief in educating and developing the whole person, and the same qualities and values that we promote in the senior school, to those aged 7-11 as we do to our more senior pupils.
Quite simply, families of our current pupils perceive Christ College as a community - a friendly environment with a strong emphasis on pastoral care, support and guidance. We feel that now is the right time to extend our school to a wider age range and to share the values we promote with a younger generation. We encourage good manners, mutual respect and tolerance, and engender curiosity, hard work and a willingness to get involved in the community.
Outstanding personal care and support of your child is close to the heart of St Nicholas House, as it is in the Senior School. We already have an excellent track record of care, as evidenced in our most recent Estyn Inspection Report, which recognises us as having 'sector-leading practice' in this area. We offer this quality of care to younger pupils, who arguably benefit from it even more.
At first glance, the daily timetable at St Nicholas House does not look very different to that of the very best primary schools. However, additional core tuition as well as many curricular and extra-curricular clubs means that your child will benefit from far more.
Learning within the classroom Learning at St Nicholas House, like the senior school, happens in an environment that is purposeful, creative and challenging. For some subjects we follow the Welsh national curriculum but with significant additional provision, including specialist Music, Modern Languages and PE teaching, as aspects of regular class lessons and through extra curricular opportunities. Welsh (2nd Language) and French is taught, with equal status. As pupils move through St Nicholas House, a more subject-based approach to the curriculum will evolve, facilitating progression into the Senior School. Some lessons also take place in the Senior School’s facilities such as the excellently resourced Hubert Jones Science Centre, Music School and Sports facilities. There is a strong emphasis on the acquisition of secure basic skills in English and Mathematics and the development of good learning techniques. We believe that younger pupils learn best when they participate actively in lessons, with a real sense of challenge. Small class sizes mean that your child will enjoy and benefit from exceptional levels of individual care and attention.
- Learning outside the classroom Everything our pupils experience at Christ College is part of their all-round educational and personal development and we ensure that this is the case in St Nicholas House too. Children learn through active participation, both inside and outside the classroom. The school campus and the surrounding Brecon Beacons offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for a variety of experiences. These, combined with a programme of trips further afield, provides a wonderful environment for learning outside the classroom.
- First class facilities Within St Nicholas House, there is a networked IT suite, along with the latest IT equipment in the form of iPads, and interactive whiteboards in every class. Children benefit from a well-resourced library which will offer a modern space for learning, reflection and research. We have our own ‘on-site’ cookery room offering fantastic opportunities for creating and experimenting, not to mention a place to do lots of ‘messy’ activities!
- Learning through performance and creativity Your child will be encouraged to use their imagination, and will develop the confidence to be creative in art and music lessons as well as performing on stage. There are many opportunities for your child to get involved, through regular clubs, performances and productions.
- Learning to lead Our Year L7 and Year L8 pupils in Alway House play an important role in St Nicholas House, as they are encouraged to get involved and help our younger pupils. Indeed, the ‘house team structure’ throughout the Junior School and into Year L8 helps to engender a family atmosphere where everyone works together, fostering a healthy spirit of competition, giving pupils the chance to develop leadership and teamwork skills that will benefit them during the rest of their time at Christ College, and beyond.
St Nicholas House pupils benefit from a countryside setting giving its children open space and acres of land in which to run, play and enjoy. We will certainly appeal to the young adventurers amongst our pupils following the installation of our brand new, eye-catching contemporary ‘Timber Tangle’ climbing structure and adventure trail. It is constructed almost entirely out of immense timbers, attached together to create a challenging climbing structure, blending in with our beautiful surroundings whilst providing our pupils with endless play opportunities and fun!
The location of this unique setting is designed to accommodate our children’s crucial academic development, alongside the equally important focus on our beautiful natural surroundings and an understanding of sustainable living. In direct contact with nature, St Nicholas House children are encouraged to explore real-life problems and to search for, offer and apply real-life solutions. Their time with us will promote hands on educational experiences that enable observations, investigations and the discovery of the ever changing world around them. There is no better example of this than in our regular Forest School sessions which utilise the school's new Eco-area which St Nicholas House were instrumental in designing. The Junior Section is inextricably linked, both physical and emotionally, with the Senior School, and its pupils have the benefit of sharing facilities, sharing teaching staff and having regular contact with senior pupils who are outstanding role models and helpers. All of this ensures that the transition from Junior to Senior School is seamless, helping your child to get off to a flying start.