South Lee School is an IAPS School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk for boys and girls aged 2 to 13.
South Lee is a co-educational day school, located in Bury St Edmunds, within easy reach of the A14 and close to the beautiful Nowton Country Park. From our superb Nursery through to Year 8, pupils enjoy a quality of education admired by many. We pride ourselves on the friendly and purposeful atmosphere of the school and the attention we pay to the individual needs and abilities of the children who grow up here. Of course, this is only possible because of the efforts and dedication of the talented and caring people who work at South Lee. Our pupils benefit from a curriculum which, whilst having a very traditional base, prepares them for the demands of today’s world. English, mathematics and science form the core of a curriculum that is complemented by our study of the Arts, humanities and a range of extra-curricular activities. Recently, we were again awarded the prestigious ‘Artsmark’ award in recognition of the quality of our programmes in this often-neglected area of education. We believe that a balanced education must surely mean giving children opportunities to develop their talents in vital areas such as art, music and drama. Sport and physical education are also vital elements of life at South Lee. Pupils regularly go on to represent Suffolk and our teams frequently compete in national finals. In addition to the work we do in school, South Lee has established a reputation for the support it gives to sport in the community in and around Bury St Edmunds. Our pupils have opportunities to travel locally, nationally and internationally to extend their appreciation and understanding of this country and the world around them. Our links with other schools extend across the globe. This is supported through our modern languages programme, where French is taught throughout the school (including Nursery). Spanish and Latin are introduced in the later stages of the Prep School. Please contact us to arrange your visit; we certainly look forward to meeting you.
South Lee School is very excited to announce that they will be teaching a STEM focussed curriculum from September 2019 to all children from Nursery to Year 8. They will also be offering 4 new STEM scholarships to children at 8+ and 11+ entry.
21st January 2019 — South Lee, the respected Independent Day School on Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, have made the exciting decision to launch a STEM education from September 2019.
South Lee will continue to both deliver the traditional academic subjects and excel in sport and the arts but will be teaching children a new way of thinking through a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education. Pupils will learn how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life through skills such as leadership, problem solving, working with others and enterprise.
All South Lee pupils from nursery to Year 8 will benefit from this exciting transition. Engineering will be introduced as a subject, IT will become Computer Science and STEM lessons will be introduced. The school will be using these STEM lessons for pupils to complete STEM projects to consolidate the learning from the STEM subjects.
Charlotte Baker, Deputy Head Academic at South Lee says “this STEM transition will enable us at South Lee to prepare and support our children to develop the skills they need to work in a modern, STEM world. This is a very exciting time for the school, not only is South Lee the first prep school in the UK to be delivering STEM as a subject but we are also one of the first to be delivering Engineering as a subject.”
South Lee are developing relationships with local companies (eg: AstraZeneca, Morrish, Ice, Anglian Water and Microsoft) who will work with South Lee to support STEM projects. This will give pupils and staff a realistic context on which to base the project and mean pupils will experience STEM with a local flavour.
South Lee are going to be offering four new STEM scholarships (two at 8+ and two at 11+) that will be available from September 2019 in addition to the other scholarships the school currently offer. This is an opportunity for children with a love of perhaps engineering or technology to get a solid grounding of STEM subjects before they move onto either a traditional secondary school or perhaps the STEM Academy in Bury St Edmunds, which is due to open in September 2020.
South Lee’s next Open Morning is on Saturday 9 February 2019 10am-12noon. If you would like to come and experience a flavour of what a STEM education would involve, please do get in touch. To book your place or for more information on scholarships, please contact Louise Ronge, the school’s registrar, on t:01284 754654 or e:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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National Youth Choir successes for South Lee School
Four Year 6 pupils from South Lee school have been accepted into the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, following the recent auditions that took place across the country competing against the best young singers.
21st January 2019 — Following recent auditions all over the country competing against the best young singers, four South Lee pupils have been accepted into the world's leading youth choir! The National Youth Choir of Great Britain consists of 8 different choirs catering for singers aged between 9 and 23,offering opportunities from primary school age through to young professional singers.Emily,Emily,Toby and Ollie will start in separate girls' and boys' choirs, attending two residential courses a year, performing a concert at the end of each of these.They are all multi talented musicians, playing the piano,oboe,violin,harp and bassoon to name just a few of their skills.
NYCGB can be heard on film scores, performing in prestigious venues all over the country, and the main choir undertakes a foreign tour every other year.Singers work their way through the ranks, being invited to reaudition at each stage so it is a gruelling process.
Director of Music at South Lee, Anna Winton-Mills says 'I am unbelievably proud of these young singers.I am very lucky to work with such talented and committed youngsters and to see the standard of singing at South Lee rising so rapidly.We have two excellent singing teachers in Katie Pringle and Elaine Henson and we work very hard on technique during choir rehearsals too. I am very excited to see these children set off on their National Youth Choir pathway and congratulate them on this great achievement."
South Lee School to become Stave House training centre in East Anglia
Stave House is an innovative and imaginative programme for teaching music theory and the reading of notation. It can be used with children as young as 3 years old and progresses right through to Grade 5 theory and beyond and is transferable to any instrument. Stave House uses memorable characters, stories, songs and rhymes that engage a child’s imagination and encourage creative development. Above all, Stave House is fun and is far more than a music teaching method, using play and storytelling to embed academic skills that will last.
23rd January 2018 — Written by Ruth Travers, a talented composer, pianist, violinist and singer, Stave house is now being taught in an increasing number of schools and nurseries in the UK, Europe and beyond. Ruth is currently teaching in Indonesia, training teachers to deliver Stave House lessons in their own schools. On her return, along with Anna Winton Mills, Director of Music and Head of Creative Arts at South Lee School in Bury St Edmunds, she will be opening the East Anglian Stave House Training Centre based at South Lee School in Bury St Edmunds.
Anna Winton Mills says “Stave House opens the door to creative learning for children of every ability. At South Lee we aim to support our childrens’ development through the expressive arts – Stave House effortlessly combines the worlds of sight and sound with the imagination, creating a vivid landscape for learning.”
The Stave House training centre will offer regular courses for children and for teachers. The children are able to study at different levels, gaining a certificate of achievement from the University of West London who accredit all Stave House courses. Teachers may study for a diploma or simply gain enough skills to teach Stave House in their own classrooms. The content is easily accessed by non-musicians who will learn to read music along with their pupils.
The East Anglian Stave House Training Centre was launched on Friday 19th January with two workshop sessions for children at South Lee School. On Saturday 20th January, teachers spent the day at South Lee exploring this exciting teaching method.