In this regard, a good primary education is immensely important as it lays the foundations for the future for secondary and tertiary education.
Children have been learning since before birth and a child is born with almost a full complement of brain cells, some 100 billion. At three years old a child´s brain is estimated to be 90% of an adult´s brain in structure and function and, being very much like a new computer, it has great potential for development, depending on what is put into it.
Early experiences greatly influence the way a child develops and the activities they participate in from birth to ten years of age will determine how their learning patterns develop. As these early years are of paramount importance to future education, it is crucial, that children have a proper start to their school life to help them to attain their maximum potential to become lifelong learners. Whilst intelligence is something that is hereditary, environment can play a role to enrich it which is why Mother Nature has not simply entrusted the determination of our intellectual capacities to the blind fate of a gene or genes; she gave us learning, language, culture and education to programme ourselves with.
School life begins at four or five years of age for most children and the classroom environment should be one where there is a positive atmosphere conducive to learning and where pupils receive encouragement and understanding. Literacy, numeracy, ICT skills and personal development are essential for enabling children to access a broad and balanced curriculum and excellence in the basics supports the achievement of breadth and balance in primary education.
Cross curricular links are also crucial to help develop the capacity to learn and aspects of learning such as problem solving, reasoning and creative thinking are used across the whole curriculum. With a concise set of lifelong learning skills acquired in the Primary Department, pupils are equipped with the tools for effective, generic learning which will carry them through the Secondary years and help them achieve the qualifications required to enter university.
Mayfair Academy offers an excellent Primary and Secondary education with a broad and balanced curriculum for Primary, including year round swimming lessons in a heated indoor pool and a state of the art Primary ICT suite. At Secondary, the Academy offers an exciting choice of curricula from year ten onwards with Fitness Instructing qualifications and a new Football/VRQ/A Level programme running alongside the regular GCSE and A Level curricula.
Evidence of success is shown with every student from the Upper Sixth being accepted at university in the summer of 2010.