Pre-Preparatory Department (4 - 6 Years)
The Pre-Preparatory Department, which includes Reception, Form 1 and Form 2, is where the foundations are consolidated. Class sizes throughout Pre-Prep are small - 16 in Reception and 18 in Forms 1 and 2 – which allows our teachers to focus on each boy as an individual.
Under the close direction of our Head of Pre-Prep, Miss Farmer, the boys are encouraged and motivated in the wide range of academic, musical and sporting activities on offer. Our inspirational teaching staff ensure that the boys are fully engaged and challenged throughout their school day in a nurturing and caring atmosphere. Specialist class music is standard and instrumental tuition is available for those who show early promise. Children take home their books to read with parents each day and are gradually introduced to short tasks for homework.
Our curriculum is broadly based on that set by the government (ie the Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception and the National Curriculum), although we often teach well in advance of these requirements and enjoy the freedom to follow the boys' interests and go off at a tangent where appropriate.
We make full use of our Woodland School over on the Meadow and go on regular class outings to support current learning, be that to local museums, the buildings of Christ Church, Oxford Botanic Garden, Warwick Castle or the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
In addition to our fully qualified teaching staff, we have full and part-time classroom assistants, as well as Gap Year students, to supervise and support the boys. Individual assistance is available from the Learning Support staff when it is needed.
Pre-Prep boys arrive at school between 8.15am and 8.55am. They go to their classrooms where they have a choice of activities. During this time, staff listen to individual readers. All Pre-Prep and Nursery children eat lunch together in the dining room, where the family feel gives them an opportunity to share the events of the morning. The day ends at 3.20 pm for Reception, 3.25 pm for Form 1 and 3.30 pm for Form 2. After School Club is available daily until 5.30pm.
Written reports are provided at the end of each term. In addition, parents are warmly invited and encouraged to discuss their son's progress on a frequent basis and, where possible, to take part in the many school-related activities.
Throughout Pre-Prep boys are encouraged to become independent and considerate children. Their rapid academic progress means they are all set for the transition to the Prep School when the time comes.