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Smaller Classes = Bigger Smiles

Posted: 20th February 2019

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Small class sizes in primary school

The average number of children in Primary School classes has risen consistently across Wales since 2010 with the number of classes with 30+ pupils quadrupling in the past 5 years.

At Westbourne, class sizes remain capped at 18 per class in Reception – Year 5 and capped at 20 throughout Senior School, with a pupil: teacher ratio of 8: 1.

Parents, teachers and headteachers from across the globe widely agree that large class sizes can have a detrimental effect on the education of a child.

So how small should a class be?

The Education Endowment Foundation reports that a measurable, positive impact is only really noticeable when a class is less than 15 – 20 pupils, internationally less than 18 is considered optimal.

Westbourne Prep class sizes are capped, with a teacher: pupil ratio across the school of just 1: 8, the positive and very real impact of small class sizes on children’s happiness and ultimate performance has been evidenced over the decades.

The individual attention each and every child is able to receive at Westbourne Prep impacts their active involvement in the classroom, building character, confidence and developing a lifelong love of learning.

Within a small class, teachers are able to really get to know their students, their individual learning styles and needs, as well as having the time to explain difficult concepts and address individual questions.

“Our excellent personal experience of smaller classes is potentiated by the incredible faculty Westbourne offer, it is evident that the staff are what make Westbourne fabulous!” Reception parent

Primary School children in small class sizes

Individual attention and a love of learning we aim to last a lifetime!

The dramatic increase in attainment of pupils who join after the initial Reception year is marked. Those that may have been a little shy, blossom. Those needing the academic stretch, excel and those that need an extra helping hand or explanation, find that there is one to one attention to ensure that nobody gets left behind.

It is no boast to say that every one of our pupils achieves, with pride, to the very best of their ability

As passionate as we are about maintaining small class sizes, we are equally committed to enhancing the learning environment and enabling our talented teaching team to do what they are very best at….teach.

“Our son has also grown in confidence, but the big difference for him is the academic side; he is hugely curious and learns by interaction & discussion and I’m not sure if his prior teachers would have had the time to engage with him with the quality that he enjoys e.g. we’ve always suspected he has high maths potential, based on home evidence but school evidence has never correlated until now.” Year 4 parent, recently joined from larger school

Small class sizes in primary schools Wales

Mrs Edwards our Reception teacher ignites young minds
Smaller classes = excellent results
National average results in Maths tests
% of primary pupils achieving 115+ in National Maths Tests
Primary class sizes
% of Westbourne Prep pupils achieving 115+ in National Maths Tests
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