The small size of the senior school enables staff to know each student's individual strengths and weaknesses. A major strength of the school is pastoral care as the staff get to know pupils from an early age in the primary department through to the end of the senior school.

Mrs Watt

Since Laura joined Argyle House School I am delighted with her academic progress and amazed at how easily she settled in. There are numerous additional clubs Laura enjoys and she thoroughly enjoys coming to school.

Her performance is fed back regularly and the teaching staff are approachable and on hand for any queries.

Mr and Mrs Benson

Argyle House School provides a broad curriculum in a friendly, safe environment for the pupils. All three sciences are taught separately and with enough depth to ensure pupils can carry their studies further if they wish. The emphasis is on practical work in the early years whilst in later years pupils are encouraged to develop their own ideas and investigations. The pupil’s attention and interest is engaged in the early years and this enables them to develop their full potential.

Mr Davies

The school means my life so far it teaches me a lot. I enjoy the playground especially the pirate ship. We like Art, PE and Science. We get taught Maths, English, Art, Geography and Science. There’s so much to do and I enjoy school.

Will

You get to do fun things in the lessons and we go on lots of trips.

Nakeisha

Junior Department

Throughout the Junior Department, children are encouraged to reach their potential through hard work and individual attention from the class teacher.

There is a special emphasis placed on English, Mathematics and Information Technology, within a broad and balanced curriculum.

Class sizes are kept small so that children receive the very best in teaching attention and to create a very friendly atmosphere, a combination which provides every child with the opportunity to succeed.

In Mathematics, the emphasis is on a mixed approach with traditional and modern techniques used, where children are taught to their own ability. Within English lessons, children are encouraged to confidently express themselves in both speaking and writing, but are also reminded of the importance of accurate grammar and punctuation. All children have access to a Science laboratory and its equipment to investigate and question scientific topics covered within the department. The children also cover a wide range of topics to prepare them for the Senior Department.

Information Technology is taught to all children, either in the classrooms, which are equipped with their own computers, or in a specially designed Infant/Junior Computer Suite where every child has their own PC using the latest Microsoft Software. Here children learn fundamental computer skills and use various programs to reinforce the concepts learnt in the classroom.

French is taught from Year 3, with the emphasis on oral skills, colours, numbers, and simple phrases. Speech and Drama can be undertaken at this age group, where many children enjoy success in both regional and national competitions.

Within History and Geography, many topics are covered in the form of projects, where children are encouraged to research information, under the guidance of their classroom teacher.

Art plays an important role within the Junior Department, with many pieces of excellent children’s work recognised by display throughout the school.

Sport plays a major role, where the children have use of the sports hall and the playing fields every week. Skills are taught within lessons and the children are encouraged to participate in school teams. The U11 Football Team was crowned ISA National Champions for 2004 and runners up in 2008 and 2010.

During the academic year, children attend several educational visits to enhance the work covered in the classroom. Trips specific to this age group include a Field Study week, which takes place mainly in Yorkshire.