The Pre-prep department has a lively and exciting atmosphere, with children eager to learn in our classes and outdoor play areas. The school values of confidence, empathy, integrity, positivity and respect are at the heart of all that we do.
Every class has a teacher and a full-time Learning Support Assistant. Pre-KG has a higher number of LSAs to meet the UK guidance of pupil:staff ratios. These adults provide a high level of pastoral care for your child and are your first point of contact as children settle into school.
Communication books are used as a means of daily communication between teachers and parents.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please speak to the class teacher, followed by the phase leaders for EYFS and KS1 and finally, the Head of Pre-Prep.
The behaviour management policy is based primarily on positive reinforcement and implemented fairly and consistently by all adults so that children have clear boundaries. Two Stars of the Week are chosen in each class, with certificates awarded in assembly.
Children from Reception upwards are assigned to one of four Houses (Balmoral, Buckingham, Sandringham, Windsor). All classes enjoy collecting house points to contribute to a team total and have individual targets when they reach Y2. Throughout the year there are various events and competitions such as Sports Day and bookmark colouring, where house points are awarded. This fosters both a community spirit and healthy competition allowing children from the different classes and age groups to work together.
To foster responsibility, children in Y2 are nominated to be members of the Friendship Squad; helping with equipment and encouraging children to play together at playtimes. The squad members change every two weeks enabling all children to become involved.
Weekly assemblies celebrate children’s achievements and reinforce personal social and health education elements of the school curriculum.
The school has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying and a detailed structure for child protection is in place.
The full time Nurse deals with illnesses and injuries that occur during the school day and notifies parents accordingly.