Bury Grammar Infant Department
Key Stage 1: where we offer something different and are ahead of the game.
BGS children love to learn. Our Infant School is a happy, friendly place where children have room to grow and thrive. We love to challenge our pupils to try exciting new things, search for answers, learning both inside and outside of the classroom, whatever the weather! Our children are encouraged to be individuals, able to express their unique characters and personalities. We firmly believe that each and every child has talent, and our extra special learning environment and experienced staff bring out the very best in our pupils.
Experiential learning experiences: Curriculum
BGS Infant’s is a very exciting place to be! Our Infant School children are curious, creative, imaginative and adventurous.
Primarily, ensuring all pupils have secured GLD (a Good Level of Development) we quickly engage in the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum. As an independent school we are able to enhance the curriculum to create an engaging and experiential learning environment. We believe children learn best when they are having fun and our experienced staff are experts in inspiring young, enquiring minds! Our Infant School is the place to be.
The Infant School facilitates confident, active learners, supporting children to believe in themselves and in their own abilities, going on to take their place in the world. We promote a love of learning from the very earliest age and aim to unlock the potential of all our pupils. High expectations support our pupils to make excellent progress.
Exploring the world around us is extremely important and our pupils make the most of the many opportunities on offer. A wide variety of educational visits organised throughout the year inspire and excite the children’s natural spirit of enquiry and perfectly complement the School curriculum. Physical challenge and creative development are vital for young children. Our specialist teachers including those for Sport, Music, IT and Modern Foreign Languages fully utilise our purpose-built resources including our Infant Sports Hall, Music Room and the spacious central Octagonal Hall.
Class sizes are small, supporting group and personalised learning, with a strong focus on developing sound essential skills for the future. We know experiential learning creates problem solvers and critical thinkers of the future!
We have a robust and informative assessment system in place which allows us to plan your child’s next steps with confidence and accuracy. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly during the term with parents to ensure we work together in the children’s best interests. Every half term parents receive an Interim Assessment Grade providing attainment and effort grades across all areas of the curriculum. Children are actively encouraged to take part in their own assessment and target setting to help them understand their goals and feel a great sense of achievement.
We have an array of Enrichment Clubs offered both in-house and by some external providers. Children are encouraged to try everything! It is important for children to experience activities which they know they love doing, and also something which takes them out of their comfort zone. At BGS, we encourage our children to get involved, as exploring interests and developing skills at an early age provide the beginnings of a lifetime of interests and enjoyment!
Here at BGS Infants, we know our children and make strong links with parents and the school community. We recognise that the partnership that exists between School and home is at the heart of every child’s success and communication is key.
We know that every day is an adventure and is packed with fun, educational experiences to encourage children to make good progress. It is important to us that children develop enthusiasm for being at school and enjoy being with their friends surrounded by experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers.
Our facilities are stunning: purpose designed classrooms provide a wealth of resources enabling teaching staff to embrace the rich facilities on offer. Bright airy classrooms, spacious outdoor play areas and an Infant gymnasium are amongst the many resources we offer to our youngest pupils. Our facilities are second to none!
Our children also have many opportunities to continue their development of performance skills through assemblies presented to parents, sporting activities and special events such as concerts presented in our beautiful octagonal hall. Teachers focus on nurturing well-rounded and happy children in close partnership with their parents.
All Through School
Smooth transition into the Junior School is well supported: children are fully equipped to move on to the Boys’ and Girls’ Junior Schools, taking with them a secure academic foundation and enthusiasm for learning of all kinds. We make sure our pupils are confident about their next move with many events including ‘Jump into Juniors’ and our parents are well informed too.
Our Infant School really is a spectacular learning environment for our youngest pupils, whose futures hold so much promise.
The teachers, support staff and I very much look forward to meeting with you.
Mrs Chrissy Howard, Primary Principal
"Our exciting creative curriculum aims to equip our children with essential skills for their future success, including problem solving, building resilience, and becoming critical thinkers in an ever-changing world. Alongside this, our excellent pastoral care ensures our children receive excellent support in their journey.''
Mrs Chrissy Howard, Head of Kindergarten, Infants & Junior Schools
''Even the youngest children display a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge and are keen to explore and experiment.''
Independent Schools Inspectorate
''Putting our son into BGS Infant School was the best decision we have made. As a parent, it is so important to know he is happy and secure at school every day. So many of our family and friends have noticed his increase in confidence which we know is down to the staff at school. Thank you BGS!''
Year 1 Parents