School Life

HeadStart has approximately 640 students enrolled in the school between the age of 2-18 years old. Our student body represents over 40 nationalities making HeadStart a unique multi-cultural environment.


The School Day

The school day begins at 8:00 am and finishes at 2:20 pm for Foundation and at 3:20 pm for Primary and Secondary students. The day is divided into eight periods of 40 minutes, with a morning and afternoon break as well as for lunch. Secondary students meet their Homeroom teacher at the beginning and end of the day for announcements and registration. Primary students study with their Homerooms teachers for Maths, Science and English. Specialist teachers are employed to teach P.E., Languages, Computing, Arts and music.


Key Stages

The UK national curriculum is organised into blocks called ‘key stages’ (KS) as follows:

Key Stage Classes Typical Ages
Foundation Stage Comprises of Preschool, Early Years and Reception Between the age of 2-5 years old
Key Stage 1 Comprises of Year 1 and 2 Between the age of 5-7 years old
Key Stage 2 Comprises Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 Between the age of 7 to 11 years old
Key Stage 3 Comprises of Years 7, 8 and 9 Between the age of 11 and 14 years old
Key Stage 4 Comprises of Years 10 and 11 Between the age of 14 and 16 years old
Sixth Form Comprises of Years 12 and 13 Between the age of 17 and 18 years old

‘Students’ personal development is outstanding in all phases of the school. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is courteous and respectful at all times. Students support one another well and new students are helped to integrate quickly with the support of a buddy. Bullying is almost non-existent; personal, social and health education (PSHE) and assembly topics have increased students’ awareness. It is clear that relationships are very positive and students speak highly of their teachers and their school community. They talk of the benefit of having friends from all over the world and value their improved cultural understanding; this they feel, makes them ‘better people’, with high levels of appreciation and respect for others.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017

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