In the Pre-Prep, small class sizes ensure strong, trusting relationships are built. Whilst we are very much a part of the whole school, we enjoy our own purpose-built classroom area where the children can explore, question and challenge themselves in the safety of their familiar surroundings.
Our pupils enjoy a wide range of subjects allowing them to embark on an exciting learning journey right from their very first day in Reception. We place a strong emphasis on the development of literacy and numeracy. The Read Write Inc. scheme is continually achieving high standards and our practical approach to Mathematics sets secure foundations at an early age. The creative curriculum we offer allows pupils to study Science, PE, Art and Craft, French, Music, Computing and Humanities through exciting learning experiences and engaging topics. We enjoy using the specialist facilities of the Prep School, including the ICT suite, Science Laboratory, Music Suite, theatre and sports facilities.
Our pupils arrive at school between 8.15 – 8.30am, in time to start the school day. On Monday mornings we start with an assembly led by a teacher which will follow a religious or moral theme. Wednesday mornings start with our ‘Singing Assembly’ and on Fridays we celebrate our achievements in our popular ‘Celebration Assembly’. This is when we announce each class’ Star of the Week and Golden Table Award, find the week’s winning House and celebrate birthdays.
The first lessons of the day are usually the core subjects including Mathematics and English. Break times are greeted enthusiastically and children are given a healthy snack and a drink before going out to play in their large Pre Prep playground. There is a 20 minute break in the morning, 30 minutes after lunch and 10 minutes in the mid-afternoon; teachers and teaching assistants supervise the playground. Pre Prep children have lunch at midday in the Prep School Dining Hall. Children and teachers sit and eat together and enjoy family style dining, encouraging good manners and a healthy appetite! In the afternoons, our lessons place a greater focus on the wider, creative curriculum.
The school day ends at 3:20pm for Reception, 3:25pm for Year 1 and 3:30pm for Year 2.
Throughout the year we hold exciting events in the Pre Prep, such as themed days (Dahlicious Day, European Day of Languages, Egyptian Day, World Book Day…), class assemblies, drama workshops and our annual Nativity. The children go on school trips each term to support their learning. Recent popular trips have included Portsmouth Dockyards, The Living Rainforest, Winchester Science Centre, The Lookout Centre, Wisley Gardens, Pizza Express, Farnham Castle and local museums.