Welcome to the Upper Juniors

Children experience a smooth transition from the Lower Junior School and embrace their new opportunities and responsibilities with enthusiasm.

Our teaching goes beyond the National Curriculum, stretching children’s imaginations and encouraging them to think independently and creatively.  Topics are brought to life through inspirational teaching and exciting activities and trips.

With our small class sizes we are able to know your child well and provide the individual attention they need to succeed, both academically and in the extensive range of co-curricular opportunities on offer.  Our robust process for tracking pupil effort and attainment enables us to challenge and stretch children in those subjects where they demonstrate higher ability, whilst providing additional in-lesson support in those areas they may find more difficult.

Upper Junior children (Years 3 to 6) are allocated to one of four Houses, a system which encourages positive competition along with a sense of belonging and comradery across vertical groupings.  Credits are given for outstanding work, effort, initiative or helpfulness and there is a keen sense of healthy competition between pupils to ensure their House achieves as many credits as possible.  Inter-House competitions in Music and Sport encourage children to work as a team to achieve success.

Children enjoy many trips and visits to extend subject specific learning and in Years 5 and 6 children attend residential trips to Bowles and Camp Beaumont.

School hours are 8.30am to 3.30pm and the majority of children stay after school for one of the extensive range of clubs we offer or to do their homework in a quiet, supervised environment.

Our children feel happy, secure and supported and enjoy coming to school. Through exceptional teaching, extensive co-curricular opportunities and the warm relationships they enjoy with all members of staff, our children develop the self-confidence and academic skills needed to move beyond the Upper Juniors to our Senior School.

What our Inspection Report says:

Pupils have exceptionally good reading standards, are very articulate and express themselves confidently, not only orally but in their writing which is both imaginative and factually accurate. They work very well with each other, presenting their work in a well thought out manner. This clearly demonstrates the pupils’ effort and concentration.'

'The pupils’ successful achievements are supported by their excellent attitudes to learning, their outstanding behaviour and the particularly good relationships they enjoy with both their peers and with their teachers. They are well motivated; they concentrate and persevere with their work, which they thoroughly enjoy.

Inspection Report.

Year 6 Leavers Destinations 

More than 85% of our Junior pupils join our Senior School, meeting the high academic standards required. Below is a list of destinations our Russellians went onto study at;

  • Alleyn's
  • Bromley High
  • Coombe Wood
  • Croydon High
  • Harris Academy Upper Norwood
  • Langley Park
  • Riddlesdown
  • Royal Alexandra and Albert
  • Whitgift
  • Woldingham