Core Subjects

From Pre-School upwards, the children at Hunter Hall Primary School, Penrith, are nurtured and developed through a range of opportunities to develop themselves in all areas of the curriculum. Forest School provision, Outdoor Education, Science, French, Music and Drama and PE all form part of the weekly timetable, with specialist staff for each. 

Small class sizes allow for individualised learning and as each child develops they are encouraged to work to their own pace allowing for all levels and abilities to strive and learn. Above all, children are happy, engaged and always wanting to learn more.

Recent results have shown how the children at the end of the foundation stage curriculum are well ahead of the national averages in core subjects, due to continued outstanding teaching; for example at the end of reception 2016 100% of children achieved a good level of development and exceeded in some areas in comparison to only 66% nationally.

We call the final four years at Hunter Hall Primary School (ages 7 to 11) Upper School. In these years (Year 3 to Year 6), teaching is largely from specialist teachers (entirely in the final two years), and the pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education. 

The curriculum at Hunter Hall Primary School is tailored to the needs of the pupils and their future aspirations. While the National Curriculum is a useful starting point, teachers adapt and enhance their programmes of study to ensure that every pupil is motivated, inspired and challenged. In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, the syllabus includes French, History, Geography, Music, Religious Studies, Art, Drama, PE and Outdoor Education.

Exam Prep

Whilst we do not believe in “hot-housing” pupils, they are prepared very thoroughly for entrance examinations to secondary schools. The education that takes place on a daily basis fulfils much of this objective, but Exam prep is an extra lesson that takes place after school each week. It is primarily there to help children with entrance exams into senior schools. Practice papers are taken and verbal, none verbal reasoning as well as mathematics are part of the syllabus.


At Hunter Hall School, we benefit from a fantastic designated IT suite, which houses 20 modern networked machines, along with a teacher computer and plasma display. In addition, the school also has a bank of 10 networked tablets, which can be used in any classroom via the school’s wireless network. There are also computers and interactive whiteboards in all teaching areas and the children can carry out independent study on our four PCs, which are accommodated within the school’s library.

Children learn the basics of computing from as early as the Foundation Stage.

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