Beyond the Prep School Classroom
We are passionate about learning beyond the classroom. Every term there are trips to places of interest for each year group. Overnight camping, day trips and weekends away all stimulate and inspire both pupils and staff. Recent trips have included a PGL trip to Osmington Bay for Year 6, Wild West camping for Year 5, a trip to the Isle of Wight for Year 4 and an introduction to camping for all pupils.
After School Activities
On four evenings a week there is a programme of after school clubs which provide opportunities to develop skills and try new activities. Survival Skills, Crime Scene Investigation, Remote Control Cars, Model-making, Junior Chamber Choir and Magic Club are particular favourites in the Prep.
Contributing to the Community
We place great emphasis on developing our pupils' ability to lead, and work within teams. Participating in Prep School Council and Eco-team helps pupils to take responsibility and, in Year 6, leadership roles such as House Captain are earned by pupils.
Activities designed to enhance collaborative skills and to develop initiative abound. Pupils are encouraged to run their own competitions within the Prep School and to get involved in fundraising. From cake sales to sponsored events, pupils are fully engaged in the business of raising funds and awareness for their chosen charities.
For many Year 6 pupils, the paired reading scheme with Year 3 pupils is not only enjoyable but confidence-building. House competitions, such as House Bake-off or House Song, bring pupils together across year groups and are extremely popular.
Guest Speakers and Community Events
We invite guest speakers to interest and challenge our pupils. In addition to hosting our own guests, Prep pupils are regularly visited by the speakers here as part of the Senior School programme, giving access to a fascinating range of subjects. Visitors have included humanitarian photographer, Giles Duley, a World War II veteran talking about D-Day and a group of itinerant opera singers who surprised the pupils with a lunchtime table-side performance.
Every academic year, our educational festivals which are open to the wider community, capture the children's imagination. This year's 'Happiness Matters' event attracted more than two hundred visitors and was an opportunity for the School to exhibit its focus on pastoral care.
"The literature day was a major catalyst for my son's love of reading. Matt Dickinson, author of Mortal Chaos, renewed my son's love of books."