The Pre-Prep department consists of our Year 1 and Year 2 classes, and caters for pupils aged between 5 and 7 years. It offers a structured, but broad curriculum, which aims to develop each child's academic, physical and emotional potential. Small classes offer high levels of individual care and support, which enables work to be differentiated and targeted according to the needs of each pupil.
The curriculum includes mathematics, English language and literature, science, history, geography, art, ICT, design technology, RE, music and PCHE, MFL and PE gymnastics, dance and sport. The children are taught both by their Form Tutor, who offers pastoral support and guidance, and by specialists in some subjects. Teachers work closely to ensure that there is a strong link between subject areas and departments, so that the progress and development of each child is shared and nurtured.
Pupils are encouraged to think independently and problem-solve, and to be inventive and imaginative, thereby developing self-esteem and confidence in their own ability. Children leave the Pre-Prep department well-prepared for the next stage of their education in the upper part of the school.
Regular communication regarding each child's academic, social and personal progress is fundamental to the work of the school. Formal reporting procedures take place on a half-termly basis, although parents are always welcome to speak informally to their child's Form Tutor should they require any information.