The Pre-Preparatory Department has high expectations of our children in all aspects of their education and development. Enthusiastic, well-qualified staff provide the right environment for our children to grow in confidence and to learn effectively. The happy, family atmosphere of the Department complements the varied and well balanced curriculum provided for each child.
We encourage all of our children to become involved in the wider life of the School according to their own interests and potential. Music and sports are popular activities with tuition available in a wide range of instruments while our Physical Education programme provides an introduction to the major sports and includes dance/movement and regular swimming.
We believe that small classes at this level benefit our children, allowing individual attention to be given according to need while offering the opportunity for detailed assessment of each child’s development to be pursued. Each year group is divided into two mixed forms of 20 children. We aim to help our children develop into individuals who have the confidence, self-reliance and abilities to achieve success in all that they do and according to their talents.
We place emphasis, of course, upon literacy and numeracy while seeking to broaden educational horizons through study of art, design, technology, the humanities and languages from an early stage. All requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 are met and we take great pains to ensure that we both go beyond these requirements and add valuable extra requirements of our own. We follow such aims through the provision of many clubs, societies and other extra-curricular activities which may be age specific or shared with children in other year groups.
By the end of their time in the Department our children will be ready for the move into the Preparatory Department. They will have grown in confidence, have the skills for learning and will feel secure in their knowledge of past success and their place in a happy, positive and energetic community of learning.
We hope that parents too will share in this developing journey and encourage all to become involved in their child’s progress. Communication between home and school is seen as a major strength in our work and you will always be welcome to join with us in ensuring the best possible start for your child.
The Preparatory Department offers a similarly broad, challenging and varied curriculum which seeks to build on the foundations laid in the Pre-Prep and to ensure continuity in our children’s education and development. With greater maturity our curriculum and range of activity adapts to meet each child’s needs at his or her pace with emphasis given to English, Mathematics, Science and ICT as core subjects enhanced by as wide a range of subjects as possible.
We cover all requirements of the national curriculum at Key Stage 2 but are in no way constrained by its provisions. We lay great emphasis upon the need to provide a breadth of study to all children.
Each year group within the Department comprises two mixed forms of up to 24 children. Each form spends most of each day with their class teacher who provides a thorough grounding in English, Mathematics and Science. A wider range of subjects is also pursued each week and includes History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art, Technology, Music, ICT and Personal, Social and Health Education. Furthermore children in Prep 6 pursue a course in Classical Studies while children in Prep 3, 4 and 5 learn French.
We encourage strong links with the Senior School and our children benefit not only from the excellent facilities available here but also from specialist teaching in sport, languages and ICT.
The Junior School enjoys an enviable reputation for the diversity of, and participation in, extra-curricular activities both at lunch times and after school. These include technology, swimming, football, netball, hockey, cricket, salt dough, athletics, music, gymnastics, tennis, craft, speech and drama, dance, French and origami etc. and it should be emphasised that this is not an exhaustive list! School teams and musicians take part in events and competitions locally, regionally and nationally and at each assembly time is taken to celebrate and praise the many achievements of our children at whatever level.