Q. What are the class sizes?
A. The maximum class size throughout the school is 20 – a number which is very rarely exceeded.
Q. Do you achieve good results at 11+?
A. Yes, very much so. In the past 13 years we have not failed to place any of our Year 6 pupils into one of the major Independent Schools in the area. Scholarships are a regular occurrence.
Q. Are the boys well supervised?
A. Yes. Members of staff cover all the duties at the Prep School. One of the many advantages of a small school is the fact that the pupils are almost always within sight and earshot. It is a very ‘tight’ campus.
Q. Do you have specialist teachers at the Prep School?
A. Yes, we certainly do. As a matter of fact, we have 10 specialist teachers and 4 peripatetic Music staff, covering a very wide range of subjects throughout the year groups.
Q. What are the pick up and drop off times?
A. We open the school gates at 8.15 a.m. Boys in Reception and Year 1 are dismissed at 3.20 p.m. from the front entrance hall with the older boys leaving at 3.45 p.m. from the side gate. Of course, there are clubs running between 4.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. and a Homework Club until 6.00 p.m.
Q. Do you cater for children with special needs?
A. We monitor the boys’ progress closely and would advise you if we felt your son would benefit from additional support from our Learning Support specialist. We are unable to provide for boys with behavioural or severe learning difficulties.
Q. Does he have to have school lunches?
A. School lunches are compulsory as we feel boys benefit greatly from a well-balanced hot lunch. The exception to this would be if a boy has food allergies or specific dietary requirement. In these circumstances, parents would have to provide a letter from their G.P. or dietician, respectively, supporting the request for their son to have a packed lunch. Vegetarians are catered for at the Prep School. Based on dietary requirements, a boys is given a coloured tray denoting his preference.
Q. Do you run a breakfast club?
A. We run a Breakfast Club each morning from 7.30am to 8am. There is a charge of £3 per day for Breakfast Club. The children receive a continental breakfast and have the opportuinty to socialise and play with other boys before school. At 8am the boys will be taken to Early Birds before school starts at 8.15am with no additional charge.
Q. You don’t have sports pitches on site. Are there other venues you use?
A. Our playground and school hall are used for P.E. and some sports such as basketball and hockey. We use the pitches at the Harrow Town Sports Ground every week for football, rugby and cricket. These are only a few minutes drive away in Rayners Lane and the boys are taken in the school’s minibuses. If the pitches are unplayable then we will go to a local sports centre. Cross country running takes place at a local park, again, a very short drive away. We use the John Lyon pool for weekly swimming lessons. The Junior Sports Day is held at the Bannister Sports Ground in Hatch End.