The Curriculum

All National Curriculum subjects are taught, Mathematics, English and Science being core subjects and History, Geography, ICT, Technology, P.E., Music, and Art being foundation subjects. In addition students are taught French, Religious Education and follow a course in Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship. The academic programme is devised by the Head of the Junior School, who is responsible for the day to day running of the Department.


The Junior School is situated within the Minster School adjacent to the Music Department and comprises two classrooms, an office, a communal area and a cloakroom. Outside there is an enclosed play area consisting of both grass and hard core surfaces. The Junior School is well equipped with computers, laptops for individual use, interactive whiteboards, television, DVD, piano and a small library. Students have access to a fully equipped recital room with recording facilities and music practice rooms. In addition students use the main school’s technology, science, library, dining and sport facilities. Students visit the Southwell Leisure Centre for swimming lessons throughout the year. 

Sex Education and Relationships

The Governors of the Minster School believe that part of their responsibility is to ensure that all students are prepared for adult life, not only for work and leisure, but for lasting, happy relationships within which they may find personal fulfilment. Sex education is part of the curriculum with appropriate linkages to Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship. It is always discussed in the context of family relationships and at a level appropriate to a student’s age. Parents/Carers are welcome to view the resources used in this aspect of the curriculum. The school will make arrangements, should it be necessary, for parents to withdraw their children from these lessons, though it is hoped that parents/carers will support and add to the work done in school.


Homework related to the topics being studied is set regularly. In addition, students are expected to learn tables, spellings and complete any unfinished class work. All students are encouraged to take books home to read. Students in the Junior School have a personal organiser which helps them be more efficient in their studies. Homework is recorded in the organiser and parents/carers are requested to check it regularly looking at the work done at home, asking their child about it and showing interest and encouragement. Generally, homework should take no more than one hour a week, plus spelling and tables revision.