St Piran's School Hayle offers a range of teaching and learning styles adapted to the individual pupil's stage of development and the pupil's preferred learning style. A walk around the school reveals many different styles of learning taking place in the classrooms.
In the Nursery the learning experience is child-centred; the childrens' responses to the daily activities alters and modifies the week's planning for Nursery; learning is always adapted to take account of the pupils' enthusiasms and interests. Nursery pupils at St. Piran's enjoy many activities in the outdoor play area and have fun outside, whatever the weather. The Nursery is an integral part of the school and has daily contact with the other Early Years Foundation Stage classes.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum throughout the school; following the main requirements of the National Curriculum. Key Stage 1 and 2 lessons are taught by the class teachers who develop pupils' key skills on a daily basis.
There is an increasing emphasis on specialist teaching, such as Modern Foreign Languages and Science, as pupils progress through Key Stage 2.
In the Senior School the Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils are taught by specialist teachers, in preparation for the GCSE courses offered in Years 10 and 11. As well as offering pupils a range of timetabled subjects, there are opportunities to join GCSE clubs, enabling pupils to gain additional subjects at GCSE. Pupils study all of the subjects required to gain the English Baccalaureate: Maths, English, Science, Modern Foreign Language and Humanities.
The teaching style in Key Stage 3 and 4 is often more like that of a college, with pupils preparing presentations and seminars and engaging in the wide ranging discussions which our small classes encourage. Pupils and staff work co-operatively to achieve the best outcome for all pupils; staff offer individual help and guidance to pupils as required.
Outings and visits are a key feature of the curriculum at our school from the Nursery Class to Year 11.