Prep Beyond the Classroom
Beyond the Prep School Classroom
We are passionate about learning beyond the classroom. As such, each year group visits places of interest throughout the academic year. This brings pupils’ learning to life and contextualises their knowledge in relation to the wider world that surrounds them. Overnight camping, day trips and weekends away all stimulate and inspire both pupils and staff. From a weekend away in the Isle of Wight through to making slime at the Winchester Science Museum, trips are a highly valued and enriching element of our Prep School experience.
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. These cover a range of areas and interests including sport, music, IT, drama and dance. Activities are changed termly and reflect the interests and enthusiasm of pupils and the staff running them.
Contributing to the Community
We place great emphasis on developing our pupils' ability to lead, and work within teams. Being selected for roles such as Form Captain and House Captain (Year 6) helps pupils to take responsibility.
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, England Hockey player, Sam Ward, 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, authors such as Marcus Sedgwick, Sally Gardner and Great British Bake Off baker Stephen Carter-Bailey.
Every academic year, our educational festivals which are open to the wider community, capture the children's imagination.