Head Teacher

As Head Teacher, I am ambitious for every pupil in the school and I take the time to get to know each of our pupils personally, valuing each individual and what makes them tick. Weekly assemblies, in which pupils sing, perform on their instruments and present some work that they are proud of are my favourite moments of the week and I am always delighted when a pupil visits me to be awarded the highly sought after gold star!

I continue to teach English and Philosophy, sharing my passion for language, debate and critical thinking and am always looking to provide new stimuli and challenge for our pupils.

Teaching the next generation is a great privilege and I cherish every moment.

Ellie Grunewald

Ellie Grunewald connaught house head teacher
Our Prep School Curriculum Is Rich In Variety And Depth

Our curriculum is rich in variety and depth

We do not just prepare  our pupils for the next stages of their education but empower them with the knowledge, skills and qualities that they will need to be successful and contented in our complex modern world. Our passion for cultivating emotional wellbeing and the nurture of soft skills such as compassion, self awareness, and resilience is central to our philosophy and curriculum at Connaught House.  We encourage everyone in the school to cultivate a growth mindset – teachers and children alike, and all year groups have a mindfulness and a PSHE assembly every week.  In practicing calm and focused attention, awareness of emotion and empathy, we help CHS pupils to feel happy, the foundation of good learning.

Opportunities abound for discussion and critical thinking

Philosophy is given a regular slot in the timetable, and debating featuring as a club and in cross curricular discussion such as in History and English lessons. The arts are prioritised and children are encouraged to be curious, questioning and well rounded. Pupils are involved in their own learning, and our small classes mean that marking and target setting are personalised, and pupils often meet with their teacher to discuss strengths and areas for improvement.

Curriculum Details

Detailed information on our curriculum can be found in the subject policies and the curriculum maps.  Subject maps outline whole school coverage of each academic subject, clearly displaying the continuity and progression.

Termly curriculum maps pertain to each Form separately and are produced by the class teacher at the start of every term. These colourful maps provide our parents and the pupils themselves with an overview of everything that will be taught over the course of the term, building curiosity and encouraging family discussion around the topics at home. They are brightly coloured for display on a fridge or noticeboard.

Curriculum Maps

Junior One: Autumn | Spring | Summer

Form One: Autumn | Spring | Summer

Form Two: Autumn | Spring | Summer

Form Three: Autumn | Spring | Summer

Form Four: Autumn | Spring | Summer

Form Five: Autumn | Spring | Summer

Form Six: Autumn | Spring | Summer

school calendar with term dates and events