The Class, the Homeroom and Houses
To support our guiding principles of wellbeing and inclusion, The Wells Free School is distinctive in how children are grouped.
Children at TWFS will be a member of an age-defined class, a mixed-age homeroom group and a House group.
As with all state primary schools, children at The Wells Free School are (on the whole) grouped according to age, and are assigned to a Class Teacher for the duration of an academic year.
We are very aware of individual children’s varying developmental progression. We have therefore developed our timetable to be extremely flexible, allowing for different groupings according to specific need, ability or interest, in order to meet and extend each child’s potential.
Our Classes are all named after people who have been eminent within the medical field, in recognition of the school’s location on the old Kent and Sussex Hospital site.
These mixed-age groupings will be used for some of the cross-curricular and child initiated sessions, removing the assumption that children learn best in same-age groups.
The reasons for our vertical groupings are:
- to encourage children to get to know each other very well throughout the school;
- to enable older children to have positions of responsibility, and roles within the groups that promote a supporting, nurturing environment;
- to allow effective cognitive and social development through interacting with different aged children;
- to give the opportunity for role-modelling excellent, positive behaviour and expectations;
- to promote peer-support and a love of reading, as children share books with each other and read together;
- to give a strong emphasis on community and citizenship.
This pioneering process will be under continual review to ensure its ongoing success.
The children will also be assigned to House groups which are named after our local parks. Home room time enables members of each house to work together on a range of activities, which encourage collaboration, cross age working and community awareness. A variety of inter house competitions take place, alongside a House point system which rewards outstanding behaviour, work or achievement by individuals and groups.