By the start of year 3, our girls are developing as confident, independent learners. As they progress, they become more accustomed to specialist teaching as this high quality provision is further extended from French, Music and Sport to include Computing, Drama and Art & Design Technology, and in Spanish and Science from Year 5 .
The timetable concentrates upon the development of core skills with an hour a day devoted to English and Maths. Concepts that have been introduced in the lower years are now extended and explored in greater depth with an emphasis upon honing skills of synthesis, analysis and collaboration.
The girls remain in class groups and ability groupings are used in some aspects of the curriculum so that the girls can be stretched or supported as required. As they grow in confidence and independence, girls are expected to take more responsibility for their homework and lives within school. Personalised feedback characterises learning in this section of the Prep School and the girls are continually encouraged to reflect on what they have achieved and set targets for future progression.
We are very proud of our status as a through-school for girls aged 4 to 18 where we can offer an exciting and excellent unbroken educational journey. We believe that the very high transfer rate from Prep School to Senior School is a key feature of our success and identity. The Prep School is committed to delivering a robust and systematic preparation programme for all our pupils during the Summer Term of Year 5 and Autumn Term of Year 6.
Our preparation process is supportive and positive, placing our knowledge of the individual pupil at the core. Considerable time is invested in devising a preparation schedule which ensures pupils cover the required Senior School examination curriculum, master requisite examination techniques and experience a variety of practice papers, alongside the development of a growth mindset which fosters a sense of resilience and confidence to deal with the process in a realistic and composed manner. While achievement and performance in the Senior School preparation process is valued and wholeheartedly encouraged, it is only one element of a broad and balanced curriculum.
We believe that by the January of year 6, our pupils are more than ready to meet the high and demanding standard of the Senior School preparation process from all perspectives: academic, emotionally and socially.
“Our daughter had a magical time at Prep School thanks to the remarkable staff, leadership, opportunities and friends she has made. She has truly flourished and we have you to thank for this.”
The Early Years Foundation Stage is fundamental in instilling positive dispositions towards learning. During the Reception year, children will play and explore; make choices and learn to try things and persevere in their efforts; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy.
By the start of year 3, our pupils are developing as confident, independent learners. As they progress, our girls become more accustomed to specialist teaching as this provision is further extended to Art, Design & Technology, and Latin.