Prep School

In Y3 and Y4 our boys’ development is moved from the class-based teaching that nurtures their Junior School lives and the full subject-based teaching necessary for success in Senior School. In a caring and secure environment, lively minds are developed through learning experiences which are stimulating, challenging and purposeful. Exciting, vibrant work displays reflect our high standards and curriculum strengths. A sense of pride, in both personal work and that of others, is encouraged and through success, confidence is gained and self-respect built. A full extra-curricular programme encourages participation in activities ranging from Chess to Basketball, developing the boys’ abilities and interests in new pursuits. The use of our magnificent playing fields and purpose built Sports Hall is maximised through a full and varied sporting programme. Our boys learn to participate in team games, honing their skills for playing inter-house and inter-school matches. This helps build a healthy team spirit and encourages leadership skills which are a vital adjunct to the boys intellectual and spiritual development.

In Y4, opportunities are offered for residential visits which give the boys first-hand experiences of the curriculum, adding an exciting and supportive dimension to classroom teaching.

Year's 5 to 8 in turn, prepare our boys for the challenges of their next chosen school and the process of growing into confident and responsible young men. This is done by developing skills, knowledge, values and self-confidence and by equipping them with the right tools to negotiate immediate challenges as well as to prepare for the demands of the future. Lessons are delivered by subject specialists in specialist teaching rooms, The boys are set in core subjects from Year 5 but are otherwise grouped and taught in Forms on a social basis. This leads to the development of a scholarship set in Years 7 and 8 and to careful preparation for Entrance and Scholarship exams to a number of Independent and State schools.

The emphasis is focused on small class size, individual attention and pastoral care. There is also the value-added dimension of an intensive learning programme and an extensive schedule of Life Skills tuition, extra-curricular activities and a House system that involves and values every individual. Given our commitment to excellence throughout the whole school our success at preparing pupils for school transfer at 13+ comes as no surprise.

A Typical Day in Years 3/4

8.00am Children start arriving and are supervised on the playground

8.30am Children line up and go into class for Registration

8.45am Morning Lessons

10.45am Morning Break

11.15am Morning Lessons

12.45pm Lunch

1.45pm Afternoon Lessons

3.50pm Home Time (pupils are escorted to the Car Park for collection) or Clubs (including Prep Club)

4.20 Pupils are brought to the Car Park after Clubs or stay to Late Club until 5.15pm

 

BREAKFAST AND TEATIME CLUBS

In addition to the above, there is both a Breakfast Club (from 7.45am) and Teatime Club (5.00pm until 6.00pm) for those who need it. There is an extra charge for these facilities.

 

A Typical Day in Years 5-8

8.00am Children start arriving and are supervised on the playground

8.30am Children line up and go to their Tutor Room for Registration

8.45am Morning Lessons

10.45am Morning Break

11.15am Morning Lessons

1.15pm Lunch

2.15pm Afternoon Lessons

4.15pm Home Time or Clubs (including Prep Club)

5.15pm Pupils are brought to the Car Park after Clubs

 

BREAKFAST AND TEATIME CLUBS

In addition to the above, there is both a Breakfast Club (from 7.45am) and Teatime Club (5.15pm until 6.00pm) for those who need it. There is an extra charge for these facilities.