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Infant and Junior

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Find out more about life at Nottingham High Infant and Junior School.

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Welcome to our Infant and Junior School

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We want your child to love coming to school and to see education as an adventure – something that is fun, not daunting.

Children achieve high standards here at Nottingham High School, but precisely because school is exciting and lively rather than formal or stuffy. Children learn best when they don’t even realise they are learning.

We understand that every child is unique, so we gear everything according to their personal needs. Education here is hands-on and there is plenty of practical outdoor learning. Children might be taught about gases by making a fire and toasting marshmallows; a lesson on habitats might see them exploring the garden; Drama class might have them performing to their friends in the amphitheatre. One of the huge advantages of choosing our school is that children are able to access ‘the best of both worlds’ from an early age. They will have the security of a small school coupled with the incredible opportunities and facilities that come with being part of a larger one.

Aims and Ethos

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We are an academic community where intelligent children from a wide variety of social backgrounds are given the maximum opportunity to strive for the highest standards.

We want children to develop their individuality and we must identify their talents in an environment where they feel safe and valued. Ours is a diverse, down-to-earth school which thrives on curiosity, challenge, encouragement and kindness; where everyone listens and responds to each other.

At Nottingham High School we:

  • Build a culture of mutual respect and tolerance to equip our pupils with the skills necessary to live in a diverse society.
  • Expect and achieve high standards in academic work and in behaviour, valuing each pupil’s individual journey.
  • Maintain open communications between parents, staff and pupils to foster a partnership of learning.
  • Provide a creative and vibrant environment through a variety of opportunities and activities to allow every pupil to explore and experiment as they learn.
  • Provide a rich, stimulating and balanced curriculum that builds skills of independence, confidence and emotional resilience, through lessons which are challenging, engaging and exciting for all, to encourage an enjoyment of and love for learning.
  • Provide outstanding pastoral care.
  • Value and nurture each pupil as an individual, through our friendly, supportive and caring ethos. Celebrate the effort, achievements and talents of all.

So much more.


Pupils at Nottingham High Infant and Junior School grow in confidence incredibly quickly. One of the reasons this happens is our belief in the importance of unearthing and celebrating skills and talents outside of the classroom.

Across the week over 30 clubs and activities take place, making use of our superb facilities. Some children enjoy sporting activities like cross country, tennis or dance. Others’ interests lie more naturally in chess or a writing group. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that each child discovers what he or she likes and where their strengths and talents lie.

We also run a comprehensive programme of trips and visits for each year group – historical, cultural and sporting. Experiencing things first-hand allows children to see how everything learned in the classroom has a real world application. There’s nothing like visiting a battlefield or spending the day as a Victorian child for bringing history alive! The same is true of listening to our multitude of visiting speakers share their experiences or demonstrate their skills. It’s all part of an exciting and well-rounded education.

Infant School entry

Infant School

The main entry point into Lovell House Infant School is Reception, but we welcome new pupils in all year groups subject to availability.

Admission for Reception follows an assessment process to evaluate the child’s potential for learning. Following this initial process they will then be invited back for a final practical classroom-based assessment.

Admission for Year 1 and Year 2 follows an admissions process which evaluates skills in numeracy and literacy, as well as the child’s potential for learning. All the work is set at National Curriculum ability levels appropriate for the age group. The child may then be invited back for a final classroom- based assessment.

Junior School entry

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Junior School

Our Junior School educates children from Year 3 to Year 6, and welcomes new pupils at all year groups subject to availability.

The Junior School admissions process assesses the child’s ability in the core subjects of Mathematics and English, including reading, along with some measures of general ability. The work is set at National Curriculum ability levels appropriate for the age group and these assessments should be seen as a positive opportunity for each child to show their ability.

A member of staff will also spend some time in an informal interview with the child, where we will be looking for their ability to listen and speak freely with enthusiasm on a variety of topics of their choice. Spending the day in the Junior School environment will give staff the opportunity to assess each child socially as well as within the working environment.

International School Award


Our Infant and Junior School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of our work in bringing the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A whole school approach to international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community