Preparatory

By the time the children move into the Prep School, their Key Stage 1 work has produced a strong foundation on which to build.

A carefully prepared syllabus takes account of the requirements of the National Curriculum and stretches pupils in other areas besides. We still emphasise the core subjects: English, mathematics, science and ICT, and standards are high. Other subjects the children continue to study at this Key Stage include history, geography, religious education, art and design technology, Spanish and French, music and PE. The children’s studies are not restricted to the classroom. They enjoy many visits to London museums, galleries and theatres, and various special visitors are invited into school to share their knowledge and expertise. We have particularly enjoyed visits from musicians, storytellers, theatre groups and a Roman soldier.

In Year 4 (age 8 – 9 years), the children go on a three-day residential field studies course. The aim is to concentrate on aspects of science and geography in an appropriate rural environment. Year 6 children (age 10 -11 years) go on a five-day residential visit, to participate in activities that enhance their ecological and environmental awareness. Both visits cause much excitement and the build-up is tremendous.

During their final year; pupils are prepared for the entrance exams to a range of independent and maintained secondary schools. The standards achieved ensure the children are more than ready for the next phase of their education.