Our Approach to Learning 

The experienced teaching team in the Pre-prep Department has a broad range of qualities and expertise. Each teacher and teaching assistant is dedicated to the progress, both academically and socially, of every child. In keeping with the ethos of the School, we have our focus on ensuring that every child develops confidence and enjoys learning.

Classes are small and the individual attention this allows, enables us to get the best out of our pupils.There is always time for every voice to be heard and for everybody to participate.

"Through talking together, sharing ideas, discussing solutions and pondering on complex problems, pupils work effectively together and make progress in their learning." ISI Inspection Report, January 2017

Throughout Pre-prep children are encouraged to express their own interests and are supported in exploring them.  Challenges are provided for all children and help with achieving success is abundant. Failure is seen as an opportunity to find a different strategy and is accepted as part of learning. 

Children are praised and encouraged for their choices but not identified by them. No limits are placed on achievement. Boys and girls are treated exactly the same. Girls and boys are encouraged to play football and encouraged to sew.

Teaching takes place in the classroom, the playground and in the forest. Children know that they are supported and listened to wherever they are. Achievements are celebrated with stars, and each week one or two individuals from each class are identified and congratulated in Star Assembly. Parents, teachers and children join together at these assemblies to congratulate pupils for achieving personal targets: learning to wash their hands, tie their shoes, showing kindness to their friends, improving their handwriting or conquering a tricky maths concept.

"Words cannot express how grateful we are for the time and dedication his teacher has given our son. She is truly an inspirational teacher and has given him the absolute best start in his education, instilling in him a real love of learning." Pre-prep Parent