As an independent school, we are able to refine the curriculum to suit our ethos whilst preparing the children for a variety of academic challenges. Many of our children sit the 11+ and take entrance and scholarship exams to local senior independent schools. All of our pupils take Key Stage 2 SATs in their final term at school. Our gifted teachers, subject specialists and small class sizes ensure our pupils work at pace, making progress whilst taking increasing responsibility for their work and effort.
Pupils in the Preparatory School have their science, computing, art and design technology and music lessons in specialist, well equipped classrooms. French continues to be taught and by the time the children reach Forms 5 and 6 they are introduced to Spanish and German. Once a week, the whole Prep School goes ‘off timetable’ and takes part in a variety of activities, ranging from cooking and gardening to puzzles and mindfulness. The learning experience is enriched as the children are challenged in different ways, whilst having a lot of fun.
Pupils are expected to do homework every night, with a focus on reading, English, maths and science. The school offers a ‘late stay’ facility so that children can stay at school and do their homework if preferred. Outings and field trips, ranging from geography fieldwork, visits to castles, museums and theatres enhance the curriculum, and there is an annual adventure holiday. Children can arrive at school from 8.00am and choose to take part in a club or activity or catch up with friends. The bell goes for the start of school at 8.45am. The school day finishes at 3.45pm. Children are encouraged to get involved in one of the many extra-curricular activities on offer.