The transition for pupils from our Pre Prep department runs effortlessly with a ‘journey into the Prep school’ day for them to experience before joining Year 3. Our small class sizes give children the opportunity to thrive as confident learners both inside and outside of the classroom. The Prep classes are two form entry and they often work together on collaborative projects.
Our broad and dynamic curriculum has been designed to engage and inspire pupils. The children are encouraged to become independent learners who are able to reflect on their progress and identify next steps. The children are taught English and Mathematics by their form teachers and many of the foundation subject lessons are delivered by subject specialists. While there is a strong focus on academic subjects, there are also weekly lessons for Computing, Reasoning, Art & Design Technology, Music, History, Geography, R.E, P.S.H.E.E and Current Affairs. In addition to French, the children are also taught Spanish from Year 5 onwards. The children’s progress is regularly assessed and termly assessments are taken under exam conditions.
In Years 3 and 4, a thematic approach is taken and many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within the learning program. During Years 5 and 6, subjects are taught explicitly and the pupils focus on their preparation for secondary school. Pupils are invited to take part in our Study Skills programme before school to refine exam techniques and prepare for 11+ and independent school examinations.
Year 6 pupils are given roles of responsibility which enable them to develop leadership skills. They encompass different areas of school life and help to prepare children for Secondary School. Roles include head girl/boy, house captains, school council chair, sports captains and playground monitors. The children work with staff to implement activities and organise events.
Our pupils take part in many events with other schools including quiz competitions for general knowledge, maths and science. Every term, the Prep school takes part in themed days and weeks to stimulate curiosity.