Pre Prep

Welcome from the Head


The early years are critical in terms of successful intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual and creative development. It is our aim to provide a solid foundation on which all future learning is based. Our planning ensures that a broad and well-balanced curriculum, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, contributes to all round child development. This curriculum and extensive extra-curricular programme means that visitors to the school finds the classrooms and playing fields buzzing with happy children engaged in purposeful activities.

By the time children leave the Pre-Prep Department we would expect they would:

  • Read with enjoyment and see value and pleasure in acquiring this skill
  • Use books as a source of information
  • Write clearly, neatly and legibly and show a knowledge of spelling patterns
  • Apply a good grasp of basic mathematical concepts to problem solving situations
  • Understand and value the process of learning so they enter the Prep school with an enthusiasm for learning
  • Be self-confident and articulate

We strive to provide a happy, secure environment where the children feel valued as individuals and develop a positive attitude towards learning. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to develop lively and enquiring minds. We have high expectations and aim to foster a sense of pride in their achievements.

The Pre-Prep is situated in its own secure building with play areas at the front and rear. However, it also enjoys the advantage of sharing many of the impressive facilities of the Prep and Upper Schools, including the Chapel, Sports Complex and Dining Hall, whilst retaining the distinctive character and identity of its own site within the College campus. Contact with staff from other areas of the College greatly enhances the quality of experience here and adds to the sense of continuity, which we believe to be so important.

There is close liaison between the Pre Prep and the Preparatory School, which ensures curriculum continuity. The Headmaster, Mr Stephen Buglass, is well known to all of the children. Pupils' progress is monitored regularly and scholarship prizes to the Preparatory School are offered to pupils showing exceptional potential and achievement.

Primary Schools' Sports Funding

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding'. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will
see money going directly to primary school head Teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Please click on the icon to see how the Prep and Pre Prep will be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit Sports Funding

The Staff and I work in partnership with parents to provide your children with the very best of current educational practice.

Mrs Gail Gannon
Head of the Pre-Prep

For an overview of the curriculum topics covered, please click on each area:


Year One


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