Junior Reflections

Junior Reflections Week 33 June 2024

Dear parents,

String concert

Last Friday afternoon I had the pleasure of listening to all the Form One pupils play in the string concert. The concert featured all the pupils in the year group, who have benefitted from paired lessons on either the violin, viola or ‘cello, plus whole-class sessions. Along with performing all together, the concert also featured smaller group pieces, duets and solos from the pupils. String teachers Miss Willson, Miss Hayek, Ms Hill, Mrs Allnatt and Mr Gillett were all on-hand to support the children in their performances, and also provided inspiration in what can be achieved if musical learning is continued, by performing as a quintet The Queen of Sheba and highlights from the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean. It was truly a wonderful afternoon of music from everyone who performed.

Form One Roman Day

The Romans were in town in the guise of Form One on Wednesday, with a guest appearance from our very own Gluteus Maximus AKA Mr Pidwell, sporting some shiny new armour. What a fun day everyone had, from green screening, storytelling and real live battles involving army formations (no one was injured). The day was crammed full of wonderful learning and lots of fun and a huge thank you to the team for their time and hard work to help make it such a lovely experience. We also welcomed Boomerang the bearded dragon to school, courtesy of Sandy who shared some wonderfully interesting facts about Boomerang and the whole of the lower school got to touch a very well-behaved dragon… every day is a learning day at EJS.


On Saturday, Alex, Rory D, Rory R and Monty took part in the IAPS National Swim Finals held at the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. It was a superb experience for all involved, with our relay team proudly securing a 10th place on the national stage, knocking 8 seconds off their time from the qualifying round at Millfield. Alex KM also competed in the backstroke, and earned 3rd place with an outstanding performance; what memories to keep. Following this, on Sunday, our pupils had a really successful day at the Mount Kelly Athletics Meet. The Upper Two team represented the school in a number of events, resulting in numerous medals for our athletes. Several pupils will now qualify to represent the Southwest at the national competition. And finally, the U11 boys cricket team was in action against Blundell’s competing for a place in the Southwest finals. After a thrilling game, the boys put in a superb effort and were victorious securing their place which sees them head off to Kings Taunton on Monday; good luck boys.

New school uniform

Last week, and following on from our meeting with parents, we held pupil focus groups to look at the proposed uniform changes and meet with our new supplier to give pupils a chance to talk about their ideas and thoughts.  These were hugely helpful, and we are very grateful to the pupils across the junior and senior schools for their input and feedback.

Alongside this, we are aware that there has been some discussion in parent social media groups about the proposals, and we are also very pleased to have received direct feedback from some parents, sharing their views.

We want to reassure you that, at this stage, no final decisions have been made and that we continue to consider the feedback and perspectives carefully. We are very aware of cost pressures to parents, and these will be carefully balanced alongside the need for a smart uniform which pupils will wear well, and with pride. We will be in touch shortly, with more details and a timetable for any changes, hopefully before the end of the term.

Exeter Pre-prep school inspection

This week colleagues at the pre-prep have been visited by an inspection team from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). We have been waiting for a visit since the summer term of 2023, and Mr Dan Ayling (the Head) and his team have felt very well prepared over the last twelve months. The ISI inspection framework has changed recently, and so this is our first experience as a school of the F23 framework, although some of our senior leaders are inspectors themselves, and have been on teams inspecting in this new way. There are some significant changes to the structure and the feedback report, not least the removal of the single word judgements for the sections of the report. In addition, the whole basis of inspection has now moved to be focused on pupil wellbeing – which I think we can all agree is a positive step forward. The feedback from the ISI team on Thursday afternoon was very pleasing and we look forward to sharing the report with the school community when it is published in a few weeks. We hope to have it before the end of the school year.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at the school fete; I am not sure the sun is on our side but living in Devon I am sure that this won’t stop any of us from coming along with a brolly and enjoying the many stalls that our wonderful Family Society have organised.


Playground people of the week

Finlay U2C

Daniela U2T


Science technician post available

We are always very proud of our science technicians and their achievements within and beyond the school. Jude Barker has recently gained a PhD place and will be commencing his studies in October.

We are currently recruiting for Jude’s replacement ahead of next academic year, so if you have any family or friends (maybe recent science graduates) who may be interested, please share the link below or ask them to visit the working at Exeter School section of the website.

Go to the TES role description

Jazz Supper

Tickets are now available to purchase for our Jazz Supper on Monday 1 July at 6.30pm here at Exeter School.

This is an annual highlight in the calendar which is kindly sponsored by Charles Stanley Wealth Managers and offers the opportunity for our performers to really enjoy their playing with a colourful, live-event feel. This excitement will be even stronger this year as many of the performers will depart the next day for performances on international stages which you can read more about by clicking here.

Ticket prices are Adults £11 / Child £7 to include a light supper/refreshments.

Please purchase tickets here

Summer Fete – see you there!

In the run up to the Summer Fete tomorrow, 15 June 1-4pm, we will be updating this page with any need-to-know info to get you eagerly anticipating all that the day will hold. Bring coins and arrive on foot and get ready to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Find out more about the ESFS Summer Fete

Upper Two play – Alice: The Musical

Children in Upper Two are busy rehearsing for this upcoming show which will take place over three evenings.

U2E – Tuesday 18 June

U2C – Wednesday 19 June

U2T – Thursday 20 June

Tickets can now be booked here

Illustration credit to George O.

Play Olympics taster event

Your children always tell us how much they enjoy the extra curricular activities available to them here at Exeter Junior School. So we thought we would offer this to prospective families to try. If you know of any friends considering the school for their child, please share this event with them and we’ll look forward to sharing the fun with them on Saturday 6 July!

Please register for a place at the taster event here

Junior School News

Junior Sport News

All musicians back safe and sound after an amazing music tour to Lake Garda. We’ll let them get some sleep before catching up on their adventures 🎶😴

#exonianlife #internationalmusic #exeterschools #schooltrips #independentschoolsuk

All musicians back safe and sound after an amazing music tour to Lake Garda. We’ll let them get some sleep before catching up on their adventures 🎶😴

#exonianlife #internationalmusic #exeterschools #schooltrips #independentschoolsuk

Little flashback to our House Dance 🕺 

What a great morning we had! 

#exeterschools #schoolofgreatcharacter #independentschoolsuk #lifeasanexonian

Little flashback to our House Dance 🕺

What a great morning we had!

#exeterschools #schoolofgreatcharacter #independentschoolsuk #lifeasanexonian

U15 vs Millfield

U11 County Final (ML)

U1R Exe Estuary trip

U14 vs Blundell's

1st XI vs Wellington

Finish line: Ten Tors 2024

Possible loss of functionality to our portals

Please note that there is a widespread technical issue with CrowdStrike’s software which has led to a global outage affecting various sectors, including planes, railways, and iSAMS servers and communications. This may mean that parents of the school might not be able to use their parent portal currently and some other parts of our site might not work as well as they normally do.

We urge you to take a well-earned break and check back in on Monday when hopefully things will be working again.