Throughout the Prep school we foster a sense of community, individual responsibility, consideration and courtesy within a productive, dynamic and extremely happy working environment.
Within our school the New National Curriculum is followed in most subjects and our boys continue to work an academic year ahead in both Math’s and English. The form teacher acts as a personal tutor to the children in their class and is in close contact with the parents. He or she, together with the specialist teachers, will help your child to learn at an appropriate pace, independently and collaboratively applying knowledge and skills already acquired.
As in the Pre Prep Department, pupils benefit from a wide variety of educational trips and visiting speakers, exhibitions and workshops. In Year 3, pupils have their first experience of a residential trip when they spend a ‘Dinosnores’ night at the Science Museum, followed by two/three nights residentials in Year 4 and 5 finishing with a fantastic five day residential for Year 6 to Plas Menai Watersports Centre in Wales.
To help ensure pupils are thoroughly prepared for 11+ examinations at the top end of the school, all teaching in Years 5 and 6 is delivered by specialists. However, the form teacher remains crucial to the needs of the children in their class and is the first point of contact for both parents and boys.
Performance and diagnostic testing support the teaching programme, with standardised assessments in English, Mathematics and Verbal/Non Verbal Reasoning taking place during the first two terms for Years 3 to 6. Years 1 and 2 have their own internal assessment. In the Spring Term boys take CAT standardised tests where results are reported to parents. All pupils will then sit internal examinations in major subjects at the end of the Summer Term. These objective measures of ability allow us to monitor each boy’s progress and help develop, build and extend their learning.
The Headteacher and Academic Deputy Head provides specific guidance on choices of secondary school to parents in Year 5 and 6 based on their child’s academic potential, talents and personality.
Homework is an extension of the school day. It promotes self-discipline and self- organisational skills. Reception pupils receive ten minutes per night, increasing to one hour for boys in Year 6.Their homework diaries are expected to be signed daily by parents and are used very much as home school link an another way to communicate with your sons form teacher.