University College Junior School is a IAPS school for boys aged 7 to 11. The school is well-equipped with an Art and Technology block, an ICT room fully equipped with an Apple suite of computers, a Drama studio, and a medical suite. It also has a Music room and additional practice rooms, a large Science laboratory and a modern library.
Our proximity to the Senior School enables the Junior boys to use the sports hall and swimming pool on the Frognal site. In addition, the 25 acres of playing fields, all-weather pitch and pavilions at Ranulf Road in West Hampstead are only a 10 minute coach ride away. The aim of the Junior Branch is to provide each student with the opportunity to mature steadily so that he develops academic and personal disciplines, self-confidence, thoughtfulness, and public spirit to enable him to transfer smoothly to the Senior School when he is 11. In the first two years, boys receive most of their teaching from their form teachers but from the age of 9 they are taught by subject specialists. Homework is set at all levels to support and reinforce learning at School. The School uses a homework diary to encourage boys to develop a responsible attitude towards homework, to which we expect parents to give their support. From the age of 7, boys follow a curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Art, Music, Drama, ICT, DT, PSHE, PE, and Games. As well as Rugby, Football and Cricket, boys participate in Cross-Country, Swimming, Hockey and an annual Sports Day. In all these activities our aim is to encourage participation from as wide an ability range as possible. All boys have one session per week in the Sports Hall or swimming pool. In Years 3 and 4, boys have one weekly session at the sports field, increasing to two afternoons in Years 5 and 6. Inter-school fixtures are organised in Rugby, Soccer, Hockey and Cricket from Year 4 upwards. Admissions Approximately 60 boys aged 7 will be admitted into three classes each year. As of 2010, the Junior Branch no longer operates an 8+ entry point for boys. All applicants will be invited to the School during the Autumn Term in small groups. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the Headmaster and be taken on a tour of the School by him, whilst their sons are given listening/discussion exercises and a reading assessment by the Year 3 Co-ordinator. A confidential report is requested from each candidate’s current school and this plays an important part in the selection procedure. The entrance assessment in January will consist of English, Maths, and Reasoning (verbal and non-verbal) tests. Tests will be administered in classrooms by two teachers who will also observe social interaction and behaviour. The boys will have the opportunity to play, and will be given light refreshments during the three hour period they attend the School. Families who are not successful in obtaining a place for their son at age 7 may put his name on a waitlist should a place become available. Open Evenings (4.30 - 6.00pm) are held each year and parents are advised to bring their sons to one of them. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the School with a present pupil, talk to staff and meet the Headmaster. To register, or for any other information, please contact the Junior Branch Headmaster’s Secretary on 020 7435 3068. Pastoral Care There about 20 boys in each form. The form teacher is primarily responsible for a boy’s pastoral care and will be the person in closest and most frequent contact with his parents. Parents’ Evenings are held annually and full reports are written twice a year. Boys are allocated to one of four houses for purposes of sporting and other competitions, and to provide opportunities for social links vertically throughout the school. The Housemaster or Housemistress is also an important influence during a boy’s time at the Junior Branch. All members of the teaching staff share responsibility for the social, cultural, and moral well-being of the boys in the school, and are supported by a full-time nurse, the school doctor, and two part-time special needs teachers. Co-Curricular The academic curriculum is supported by a range of co-curricular activities. Clubs, which currently include Art, Chess, Fencing, Karate, Photography and Model Building, meet before school, lunchtimes or after school. We also organise ski trips and field studies, along with form outings and visits to theatres, museums, lectures and exhibitions on a regular basis. The Choir, Orchestra and String Group rehearse weekly, and concerts and drama productions, involving boys at all levels of the School, are performed at various stages of the year. Individual tuition is available in a range of musical instruments. Beyond the Junior Branch At the end of their Junior Branch careers, most boys will transfer to the Senior School where they are joined by a new intake of 11 year-olds and are regrouped into four form units. They are not required to sit a qualifying examination. For more information, please visit our website.