The experience of sending our children to Heritage has been a joy and a delight. Our children, who are now in years 4 and 6, both started in Lower Prep (reception) and have thrived here, having grown greatly in confidence in the warm and supportive environment. The only drawback of sending them to Heritage is that is has made me realise that my own education could have been far better! My children now know much more than I do about history, famous paintings, inspirational biographies, grammar and lots more besides (I had not known what a ladybird larva looked like before the children showed me one). On the occasions when I have seen classes at work, I have witnessed very high standards of behaviour, reached not because of coercion but because the pupils know what is expected of them and live up to it. I don't think I will ever forget my amazement at seeing how quickly a class of four- and five-year olds, who had been busily engaged in a variety of activities with equipment spread out across several tables, tidied up when instructed without any fuss at all, before getting themselves kitted out in wellies and coats with almost no adult assistance, ready for their weekly nature walk.
The pupils at Heritage work hard, not because they are put under lots of pressure, but because they are inspired by what they are learning from a curriculum is both academically rigorous and broad in scope. The small class sizes mean that the teachers know their pupils really well; no-one is lost in the crowd, everyone is valued. Academic excellence is encouraged and achieved, but development of character is given equal weight - being kind is more important than being clever, being willing to learn from your mistakes is as important as always trying your best. The weekly enrichment afternoons (and occasional whole-day outings) are a real highlight - my daughter recently came home having been really inspired by an afternoon with a violin maker, and over the years I think my children have visited nearly every museum in Cambridge, as well as many others further afield. In the Junior school, the twice-yearly exams are a positive experience - I have heard a child saying that her exam was the best thing that day. The pupils are not put under pressure but rather given the opportunity to demonstrate what they know, and they take pride in this.
There is nothing flashy or gimmicky about Heritage, but rather a carefully-planned, wholesome education, using methods and materials that have withstood the test of time. I send my children to school each day knowing that I have every confidence in what they are being taught, and knowing that they invariably come home having had a good day, and often a great one.
“Education at its best”
14 May 2017AUTHOR: year9parent
An outstanding school: our daughter (at 8 years old) settled into the warm friendly atmosphere of the Primary School in 2010. When she joined the school she lacked confidence in written work and was a maths phobic.
A combination of a rich and ambitious curriculum bursting with exciting detail, a tailor-made programme of work and the use of oral as well as written assessment, dramatically transformed our daughter. She is now a confident, articulate young lady in the Senior School, who thanks to the patience and skill of the exceptional teachers, has overcome her maths phobia and is writing, debating and presenting confidently.
We have been impressed not only by the scholastic training our daughter has received but also by the entire approach to what school is, a warm, homely and yet professional setting where learning is enjoyed and it flourishes.
“An exceptional school”
14 June 2016AUTHOR: A Parent
Our eldest child started at Heritage in the Autumn term of 2015 and we could not be more delighted with the school. Our son is thriving in a small class with a nurturing environment and excellent teaching. He comes home each day buzzing with all he has learnt and eager to find out more. My husband and I are both from teaching backgrounds - early years and secondary - and both of us have found the richness of the curriculum at the school exceptional. From the youngest age children are exposed to composers, artists and botanical study as well as great literature and their minds are encouraged to team with ideas - we find this an exciting alternative to what can be a sadly stultifying reliance on screens in other schools, even in the early years. Our son has already learnt and performed around a dozen poems with his peers, in his first year! You sense that every child really does matter at this school and parents' information evenings are rich and diverse also. There are not many schools like this around - we couldn’t commend the school more highly.
“Whole life education”
11 February 2016AUTHOR: timandlucy
Our three children have thrived in their education at Heritage over the last 10 years. There is a rounded approach to encouraging children to grow in every area of life, developing character is as important as academic progress. Dinstinctive Charlotte Mason techniques such as narration, picture study, nature walks and poetry recitation at the primary level really do develop skills of observation and memory which equip them well for the next stage. The individual is respected, and a questioning mind and curiosity about all of life is encouraged through the secondary stage. Our daughter, now in Year 11, has been well prepared for GCSEs/IGCSEs and Sixth Form applications. The best way to get a feel for this unique community is to visit.
“Happy at Heritage”
05 February 2016AUTHOR: S. Scott
Heritage School has served my children (7 and 10 years old) very well indeed. The small class size and friendly atmosphere along with good teachers help create a secure and positive learning environment. When the school talks about giving children an 'abundant feast' it is not just talk. In addition to learning all the normal things, children at Heritage learn about artists, composers, and the natural world. My children have read great books in class and learnt wonderful poetry off by heart. The curriculum is rich without being intense. The Friday Enrichments are a highlight of the week. Having been at Heritage for a year and a half my children now are learning and moving forward with happy confidence. I strongly recommend Heritage for any family.
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