In their early years at Cameron Vale, the pupils are given a broad and exciting introduction to many areas of learning. At the heart of the curriculum are the core subjects of mathematics, English, science and computing. In addition, geography, history, French and other aesthetic and practical activities such as art and DT, drama, music, current affairs, debating, RE., PSHE and physical education are included to ensure a balanced curriculum and to create a full and purposeful day for each child.
The school is designed to be completely child-centred, modern and warm, creating the right atmosphere for learning. Expectations and results are high, yet the atmosphere at Cameron Vale is not unnecessarily pressurised; its programme is designed to develop each child’s personality and to stretch and extend his or her individual talents. A high teacher/pupil ratio is essential to Cameron Vale’s success. Excellent provision is made for children of exceptionally high IQ, or unusual ability, e.g. Explorers’ and Discovery Clubs, String Group and Artists’ Group. The aim is to instil a firm sense of self, a passion for exploration and a freedom to express creativity, balanced by good manners, confidence, kindness and a selfless interest in others.
One of the first tasks is to foster a joy of reading, which Cameron Vale believes is the best foundation for future learning, reinforced by age-specific libraries and book corners in each class. All pupils can access the school’s own intranet, interactive whiteboards, class laptops and the computer suite.
From their earliest years, music, drama, art and sport form an integral part of the children’s school life and excellent local facilities allow the pupils to engage in a wide variety of sports. Unusually, a large proportion of our children learn karate, which builds physical confidence. Verbal communication skills are also developed, leading to Guildhall Speech and Drama Examinations. Other popular clubs include Robotics, Latin, Chess, Touch Typing, Karate, Sewing, Mad Science, Ballet, Art, Drama, Football, Tennis and Fencing; and the list continues to expand. We have three active choirs, a school orchestra, string group as well as singing and percussion classes, composition and musical appreciation classes and individual instrument and singing lessons, which lead to grade examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
There is a genuinely open dialogue between parents and teachers, also fostered by The Friends of Cameron Vale (FoCV). This contributes to the welcoming feel of the school. The Headmistress of Cameron Vale, Bridget Saul, is always delighted to give parents a tour of the school so that they can experience its special qualities for themselves.