Emmaus School
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Choosing a school for your child is a huge decision and hopefully the information contained in this section will help you as you seek to make wise choices for your child’s education. Emmaus School is founded on Christian principles to educate children from 5-16 years in a caring, stable family atmosphere of love and respect. We would love to show you round our school, as nothing beats seeing a school in its normal, everyday routine. We offer your child the opportunity to do the same thing through experiencing a taster day. We also hold Open Day events. For more information about our upcoming events or to arrange a visit to Emmaus School please contact us at info@emmaus-school.org.uk or call the School Office to arrange an appointment.

The Curriculum

The Bible is central to all that is taught at Emmaus School, not in a false, forced way, but in a natural, God-centred way, so that the children learn that it was God who both created and sustains this universe and makes life meaningful. You can read more about the curriculum here.


The Curriculum for Reception to Year 6


We believe in striking a balance between traditional curriculum values and ensuring that pupils have plenty of opportunity to learn through doing and experiencing. Undoubtedly, reading is the key to unlocking the rest of the curriculum and Primary school teachers invest a lot of time to ensure pupils have the best possible start in learning to read.


Primary pupils also gain solid foundations in mathematics, spelling and handwriting by following carefully planned schemes of work and using a wide range of the best curriculum materials available. Through studying science, history, geography and Scripture, pupils gain an understanding of God's wonderful world, but there is still plenty of opportunity to develop creativity in music and art, and physical skills in PE and sport, as well getting an early start in modern foreign languages in French lessons. Play is important, too, and pupils make good use of the outdoor area for structured play and free recreation, as well as learning the basic skills through maths and language games.

The Curriculum for Year 7-11


We continue to build on the excellent work of the Primary Department and widen the curriculum to include subjects such as ICT, Food Technology and modern foreign languages, whilst still maintaining the balance of academic study and rich cultural experiences. Pupils are increasingly encouraged to take more responsibility for their own studies and become more independent learners. This stands them in good stead, should they decide to continue their studies at one of the local 6th Forms.


At GCSE Level, pupils normally take a core of 5 subjects: mathematics, English language, English literature, French and one of the sciences. Most students opt for another 3 or 4 subjects choosing from the following: chemistry, biology, physics, Spanish, history, RE, geography, ICT, music, art, food technology and PE.


Many of the GCSE courses lead to International GCSE qualifications, which have long been considered to be academically rigorous, thorough and excellent preparation for A Level, or the increasingly popular International Baccalaureate. Year after year, pupils gain excellent academic results which can be viewed on the School’s website. Year 10 and 11 pupils are also offered careers guidance and take part in work experience.


Pupil Assessment


Pupils’ progress is monitored by annual tests in reading and spelling which allow teachers to compare pupils to the national average in each year group. The Cognitive Abilities Test (GL Assessment) is used annually from Year 4 to test the children’s potential in the 3 areas of verbal, quantitative and non-verbal reasoning and, in the secondary department, these tests give accurate predictions of the GCSE grades individual pupils can be expected to achieve. Since it is not possible to ‘teach to the test’, lessons are devoted to teaching rather than preparing pupils to perform well in tests. Pupils also take end of topic tests throughout the year and senior pupils have an annual exam week in the summer term.

Provision for pupils with learning difficulties, disabilities or those for whom English is not their first language


The School has limited means to adequately staff and resource pupils with specific needs, however, consideration will be given to pupils with learning difficulties, disabilities, or those for whom English is not their first language.   Each pupil's application is considered on its own merit, taking into account whether the School is adequately staffed and resourced to meet the individual pupil’s needs. Where a child has an Education Health and Care Plan, or special educational, physical or pastoral needs, the School will discuss with the parents what the School is able to offer, which may involve additional cost to the parents.

Extra-curricular Activities


Pupils are encouraged take advantage of the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. School events throughout the year offer the pupils opportunities to perform in singing, drama and music ensembles. Private music lessons are available during the School day. There are after school clubs where, for example, pupils can learn to play chess or take part in the Adventure Service Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


The pupils organise a School Council and Christian Union themselves and thereby gain useful life and leadership skills, as well as serving the school and wider community through fundraising and other charitable ventures. Throughout the year, educational visits are arranged to support the curriculum and broaden the children’s cultural experiences. Visits to museums, galleries, science lectures and the theatre are arranged, as well as field trips, residential trips and exchange visits to France.

ISI Inspection Report


Emmaus School is delighted with the findings of the March 2016 Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report, this being the first ISI inspection of the School since Head teacher, Miriam Wiltshire, was elected as a member of the Independent Schools Association in December 2015.


Pupils are well educated in line with the school’s aim for all pupils to reach a high standard of education, be able to think for themselves and make a positive contribution to society, based on Christian values.

Inspectors said:


Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable.



The ability profile of the school is above the national average.



The Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent.


Since the inspection, the school has taken the following measures to ensure compliance with all the regulatory requirements:

  • Suitable accommodation for the care of sick or injured pupils was installed within 3 weeks of the inspection.
  • A governors’ Monitoring Committee has been formed to ensure that staff appointment policies and procedures are rigorously adhered to.  The instances referred to in the report concern 2 staff appointments since the interim inspection in 2013, both of whom are well known by senior management and other staff members over many years, and prior to becoming school employees had already had the necessary checks as volunteers.


The school already has well-developed plans to implement some of the improvements suggested by inspectors.  However, the school’s policy is for pupils in EYFS (Reception) to start independent writing when they are ready, which may not be until they are in Year 1.  Similarly, the deliberately restricted use of ICT in Primary is also well-thought out, and the high achievement of Primary pupils over many years is testament to the effectiveness of the tried and tested teaching methods used by Primary teachers.


Emmaus School is indebted to the ISI inspectors who very quickly understood Emmaus School’s unique character and made a valuable contribution to the school’s future development.


To read the full report please click here.


Progress Monitoring Visit


The school had an ISI Progress Monitoring Visit in October 2016.


ISI Compliance Inspection Report


The school had an ISI Compliance Inspection in March 2019 and we are delighted that the School complies with all of the Independent Schools Standards.


To read the report please click here.



ISI Progress Monitoring Visit Report October 2016
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For first hand accounts of how parents and children have enjoyed and appreciated life at Emmaus School, click here

School Prospectus, Admissions and Application Form

For further information about Emmaus School admissions, please download a copy of the prospectus. There's also a download available of the application form.


If you have any further queries or would like to arrange a visit to Emmaus School, please feel free to contact us by email or by telephone during school hours.


Emmaus School Prospectus 2019/20
Prospectus Academic Year 2019 2020.pdf
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Emmaus School Application Form - Reception
APPLICATION FORM Reception July 2017.pdf
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Emmaus School Application Form - Transfer from another school
APPLICATION FORM Transfer July 2017.pdf
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Emmaus School Annual Fees 2019/20

School Fees 2019/20
Fees 2019-20.pdf
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GCSE Results 2019

GCSE Results 2019


Once again we are delighted with our GCSE results.  Emmaus School has small cohorts each academic year and this means that our statistics have the potential to vary quite widely year on year, as just one pupil not performing as well as expected can bring down the average results.  As a non-selective school, we have a variety of abilities, and this year an unusually high 36% of Y11 had a range of special education needs, and 45% had special access arrangements such as extra time and/or use of a laptop. Additionally, the teachers have had to adjust to new and harder specifications and a new grading system. This year’s results represents much hard work by teachers on behalf of their pupils.


Here are some of the headlines:

  • 73% of pupils achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above.
  • Our top performing student passed all 8 GCSEs at the higher 9-7 grades
  • In Maths 78% of pupils achieved Grade 4 or above
  • In English Language 89% of pupils achieved Grade 4 or above
  • In English Language 55% of pupils achieved Grade 7 or above
  • Other subjects that performed particularly well were History and Physics where 100% of pupils achieved Grade 4 or above, and a high percentage of those grades were the higher 9-7 grades.


International GCSEs

At Emmaus School, pupils take Edexcel International GCSEs in the following subjects: English, history, geography, ICT and the sciences. Edexcel IGCSEs are studied in over 55 countries worldwide and at over 350 independent schools in the UK. Available in more than 40 subjects, they are equivalent, grade for grade, to UK GCSEs. IGCSEs have long been a popular choice in independent schools because of their reputation for being rigorous and offering more stability due to fewer Government-led changes. IGCSEs have been available in some state schools since 2010.


However, since 2013, there has been a move to reduce the amount of coursework required in the GCSE examination to the absolute minimum, and the emphasis on the final exam, after two years of study, is far greater. In fact, most GCSE subjects now require no coursework at all, and, therefore, the lines between the GCSE and IGCSE qualifications are becoming increasingly blurred.


GCSEs have also be graded differently since 2017, with students receiving a 9-1 grading rather than the former A-G grade. The changes are being implemented over time, with English and maths being the first subjects affected. The changes are also expected to make the examinations harder, and any coursework element more rigorous, with students expected to cover more challenging topics in a more in-depth way. Greater attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling is expected and will also affect the students’ final grade.


These changes are only being implemented in England and how to create an absolute standard for the GCSE examination assessment and grading across the UK has proven to be a challenge. IGCSEs are also to be removed from the league tables for English and maths in 2017 as part of the Government’s shake-up, with further subjects expected to be removed by 2018. This could naturally affect schools that currently promote the IGCSE, and it is possible this may mean a decline in schools offering the qualification in the future.


At Emmaus School, we are more concerned about what is best for our students than playing the numbers game for Government league tables, and our results at the Independent Schools Council and the Independent Schools Inspectorate will reflect the true achievements of our pupils. However, we will continue to watch future developments and continue to adapt to the ever-changing English examination system based on what is best for our students.


Mrs M Wiltshire B.Ed(Hons)

CAT Results 2018-19

CAT Results 2018-19


Every October, pupils in Years 4-11 take the Cognitive Abilities Test which is produced by GL Assessment and is widely used by schools in the independent and state sectors. This enables the School to track the progress of each pupil annually against national data, and for the older pupils, it gives a useful prediction of how they are likely to perform at GCSE Level. 


Teachers at Emmaus School believe that CAT tests are an excellent indicator of pupil progress, since it is not possible to ‘teach to the test’. The tests themselves are much less stressful for pupils, many of whom report that they have enjoyed the experience and not really realised that they were being tested!


Year on year, the CAT tests show high standards of achievement by Emmaus School pupils, despite the fact that the School does not select pupils on the basis of their ability. However, the results this year are particularly good with over half of pupils achieving above average results in all four tests. In 2016/17, staff set a target of improving still further numeracy standards to equal the pupils’ high achievement in literacy, and it is pleasing that this year the maths results match the literacy results.

CAT Tests


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CARE programme at Emmaus School

Our CARE programme is based on the DfE’s PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) curriculum. It is an opportunity for the whole school to go off timetable for one week. With all teaching staff contributing to the programme, it is a pioneering opportunity to enhance our children’s’ rounded education and development.


In order to clearly reflect the Christian ethos of Emmaus School the PSHEE scheme of work has been named  ‘The CARE Programme’ and it  encapsulates our Christian values really well.



A Healthy Breakfast


CARE is an acronym for;

  • Compassion (for others)
  • Accountability (to God and authority)
  • Respect (for ourselves and others)
  • Evaluation (making balanced and informed choices)


‘Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’ Col 3:12


‘Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you’ Hebrews 13:17


“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matt 5:43-44


‘.. test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil’  1 Thess 5:21-22 (ESV)


The elements of our CARE programme are captured in the overarching theme of ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Luke 10:27


This is a really exciting opportunity to build on our children's rounded development in a proactive and pioneering way.  In conjunction with PSHEE the topics, to be covered at an age appropriate level, are;


  • Citizenship
  • Personal Finance (using CAP kids, CAP Students and CAP youth resources)
  • Family and Relationships
  • Making Godly choices and consequences
  • Personal Health
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Careers and work (Snr) / Jobs and people who help us (Jnr)


The week long timetable is divided into morning sessions which focus on following the Biblical concept of being ‘hearers of the word’, being taught about the above subjects in the classroom. In the afternoons we will be putting some of what we have learnt into practice and we will be ‘doers of the word’ taking one component of the CARE acronym each afternoon and living it out in a very practical way. For example; ‘C’ for compassion – we hope to visit and benefit the residents of a local elderly care home or  ‘A’ for accountability, we will be asking children to write to their local MP or to Staverton Parish Council regarding a relevant local matter which is on their hearts.

The Amazing Story behind Emmaus School

The Story of the new Christian Schools - Sylvia Baker and David Freeman

Prayer prepares the way

In the early 1970s, some Christians in Bradford-on-Avon became concerned about the need for a Christian school in their area. They held some meetings in their church, but nothing concrete ever came of it. For some of them, the burden remained and they prayed through the years that God would eventually establish a school, even though by now it was too late for their own children to benefit from it. Click here to read the chapter from this book which tells the story of Emmaus.

The book is available from Christian Focus and Amazon.

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