Part of Pinewood’s charm is its lack of hothousing – there’s no doubt that pupils achieve here (take a look at the scholarships list), but tiger parents need not apply. EQ (emotional quotient) is valued over IQ. For history, geography and RS, Year 8 pupils sit Pinewood’s own bespoke qualification.
The prep school is divided into lower (Years 3 and 4), middle (5 and 6) and upper (7 and 8) schools. Lesson times were recently increased from 35 to 45 minutes to slow down the pace of the school day and to give pupils more time to engage with each subject. Prep can be done at home or in school.
The emphasis is firmly on finding the right senior school for the child, rather than meeting parental aspirations. Pupils go on to a wide range of schools, with most choosing co-eds: roughly half head for Cheltenham College or Marlborough, others to Stowe, Bradfield, St Edward’s Oxford. A handful of girls go to St Mary’s Calne or Tudor Hall each year.
Pinewood’s scholarship numbers are always impressive, with a clutch of awards in all disciplines to a wide range of schools.
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