Great Cornerstone Nursery and Primary School, Ondo State, Nigeria, its own curriculum, which is very closely modeled on the British National Curriculum. French is introduced from Year 1 and the children have weekly lessons in Art, Music, Design Technology and P.E., as well as the normal range of core curriculum subjects. The teaching staff are all qualified degree-holders; some hold, or are reading for, Masters’ Degrees. A rigorous ongoing programme of in-house staff training ensures that all staff are familiar with the British approach. In addition, a number of staff are sponsored each year by the School to attend courses in Africa and across the globe. Great Cornerstone Nursery and Primary School also has prospective membership of the Council of International Schools.
Classes are kept to 20 pupils, except in exceptional circumstances, and every class has both a Class Teacher and a full-time Teaching Assistant. The School is organized into three departments: Early Years, covering Playgroup, Nursery and Reception years; Lower Primary, embracing Years 1 – 3; and Upper Primary, providing for Years 4 – 6. Thus, each Department looks after the education and well-being in nine classes.
The school campus is arranged so that within a close-knit, “family” environment, the three Departments maintain their own identity and have their own space. This is particularly so for the Early Years children, who are self-contained in their own attractive, courtyard setting a little apart from the older, bigger children. The very youngest children have their own separate Playgroup House and secluded garden.
All classrooms are air-conditioned and in addition to these rooms the School has an ICT Room, a large, air-conditioned Hall and a beautiful feature Library, decorated with African murals and imaginatively designed for maximum child-friendliness.
A second, spacious Library has been added, for the use of older children. Outside is a playground, outdoor stage and a large, very well-kept sports field planted with European-style grass and kept in peak condition by its own pop-up automatic sprinkler system. Exciting adventure play equipment has been recently installed in two locations on the campus.