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In the Junior School there are many enrichment opportunities inside and outside the classroom, with all pupils being actively encouraged to take on new challenges and embrace a growth mindset. There are competitions throughout the year that challenge our most able pupils from poetry recitals to writing workshops, quizzes and maths challenge days. An extensive co-curricular timetable enables our pupils to develop their talents further, whether this is in languages, sport, music, drama or dance. We aim to identify and nurture your child’s talents and allow them to flourish.

We arrange frequent trips, visits and visitors to help pupils link their learning to the real world. Most visits take place during the school day, with the addition of the following residential trips:

Year 4 – Lulworth Cove (one night)
Year 5 – Normandy (four nights)
Year 6 – Mill On The Brue Activity Centre, Somerset (four nights)

Our pupils’ leadership skills develop in the classroom with pupils taking roles of responsibility in the Year 1 and Year 2 classroom, whilst in Years 3-6 pupils elect a Form Captain and Deputy Captain. Pupils are also elected onto a dynamic School Council and Eco-Team from Year 2. These roles develop in Year 6 with the addition of further posts of responsibility including Head Girl and Boy.

Pupils’ efforts and achievements are celebrated throughout the year in assemblies and our weekly newsletter, as well as at an annual prize-giving at the end of the school year.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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