Our Pre-Prep consists of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Our Head of Pre-Prep, Miss Farmer, oversees the childrens' development throughout these years.
‘Christ Church offers what the Head calls a ‘unique educative experience’ that sets it apart from the other local options’ Good Schools Guide 2021.
Rebecca Farmer, Head of Pre-Prep, Reception Teacher
Emma Hunt, Year 1 Teacher
Elena Fletcher, Year 2 Teacher
Normal Pre-Prep School hours are from 8.30am (the gate opens from 8am). Collection from 3.20pm for Reception, 3.25pm for Year 1 and 3.30pm for Year 2. After School Club is available until 5.30pm.
Class sizes throughout Pre-Prep are purposefully small – no more than 18 per Year. This 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. From Year 2, 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 (i.e. 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 on Chris Church Meadow and go on regular class outings, to support current learning, to the Ashmolean Museum, the History of Science Museum, the Story Museum, as well as the buildings of Christ Church, Oxford Botanic Garden, and further afield such as Warwick Castle or 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. Written reports are provided at the end of Michaelmas Term and Trinity Term and parent meetings are held every 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.