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We’re committed to ensuring our pupils have the skills to thrive in the modern world. 79% of GDST girls feel able to overcome problems in life compared to 58% of girls nationally.

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We do this by following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, but also by tailoring the teaching to each individual child and making the most of smaller teaching groups.

The learning a girl does in her first year of school is crucial. It is on these strong academic foundations that all her future success is built. For this reason, our curriculum has been designed to balance core skills in literacy and numeracy with a future-ready focus on global studies and a variety of specialised subjects. Our approach focuses on the following seven areas:

• Communication and language development
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Literacy development
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and Design


Children also benefit from the special talents of teachers in areas such as music, IT and languages.


Exciting outdoor play spaces stimulate the imagination and allow the children to develop friendships and social skills across all age groups.


The curriculum is further enhanced by trips to places such as the Brighton Toy Museum, Woodlands Mead and Wild Beach School. Twice each term the Pre-Prep girls visit the coast to learn about the coastline, local wildlife and coastal management.

Learning diary

We also keep an Interactive Learning Diary as an online record of your child’s progress in Reception and beyond. Photos, video and audio are all used to record observations and insights around learning objectives. These can be accessed and even added to by parents via an app.

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