Life at Dame B’s doesn’t begin or end in the classroom.

We get out and about – in our garden and grounds, on educational trips and on the sports fields – at every opportunity, for lessons and for fun.

Y6 up Snowdon

Our clubs and societies, meanwhile, give the children a chance to try something new (most of them take on several challenges every term), meet fellow pupils from different years and build their confidence and social skills as well as their range of expertise. They could be learning chess or cello, Mandarin or mini-tennis, football or fashion knitting – and dozens more.

Music, drama, and dance bring performance to the fore in everything from retelling traditional stories to full-scale musicals and the annual carol concert in Saffron Walden. For the artistic, there’s everything from self-portraits to sculpture.

Of course, all this activity needs to be fuelled, so there are always healthy snacks of fruit and home-made pastries and savouries, with lots of choice at lunchtime and options for vegetarians or children who need a special diet.

It’s a delicious mix that leaves our pupils hungry for more on every level.