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Pre-Nursery (ages 2−3)
Children can join the Pre-Nursery once they have turned 2-years-old. Entry can be at any time during the academic year if space is available. Children can attend up to five morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch is offered in the dining room at midday. Usually, a child will start with two-morning sessions and then build up attendance gradually. In practice, we have found that this helps children settle in more quickly.
The Pre-Nursery children enjoy the use of their purpose-built, open-plan area which gives them access to a dedicated book corner, arts and crafts room and their own outdoor space complete with a play house, planting area and outdoor toys. They also have full use of the drama/dance studio and school gymnasium.
Pre-Nursery staff work closely with parents to settle the children and to enable them to feel secure and happy.
Nursery (ages 3−4)
Children join the Nursery the September after their third birthday. This then becomes their academic year group in which they move through the school. Children attend five-morning sessions and there is the option to stay for five full days.
Our children enjoy the use of our purpose-built Nursery with its open-plan rooms and dedicated outdoor space. We even have our very own Teletubby Hill for the children to explore and enjoy. They also have full use of the school lawn, adventure playground, climbing wall, astroturf area, drama studio and school gymnasium.
Activities are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and there are specialist teachers for Mandarin, French, PE and ballet. (Ballet is offered as an optional extra). Early Birds and Tea are available at an additional charge.
Transition (ages 4−5)
Children in Transition attend school on a full-time basis. The school day begins at 8.30am and finishes at 3.20pm. Tea and Extended Day are available at an additional charge.
The children are divided into pastoral groups. Each group has a balance of ability, boys/girls and friendship groups. Children progress at different rates and individual achievement will vary, however, all children will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which enables them to make maximum progress.
Transition children have a dedicated outdoor, all-weather area for play. They also have full use of the school lawn and playgrounds, astroturf area, drama studio and school gym. There is specialist teaching for Mandarin, French, PE, drama, football, judo and ballet. The latter three are offered as an optional extra.
Form 1 (ages 5−6)
In Form 1 we gradually move away from working within the Foundation Stage Curriculum to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. We continue to encourage children’s independence and make sure that firm foundations for future learning are laid.
Specialist teaching takes place in Mandarin, French, PE, football, rugby, cricket, drama and music as well as ballet and judo. There is an additional charge for ballet and judo. Weekly swimming is offered as part of the curriculum. Selected pupils get the opportunity to compete for the school in sporting fixtures throughout the year.
Form 2 (ages 6−7)
In Form 2 the curriculum becomes a little more formal. Initially, there is homework twice a week, usually in Maths and Topic, building to three times a week for the summer term.
Parents and teachers work together to provide a continuity of experiences.
Specialist teaching takes place in Mandarin, French, PE, drama, music, football, rugby, cricket, ballet and judo. There is an additional charge for ballet and judo. Weekly swimming lessons are offered as part of the curriculum. Selected pupils get the opportunity to compete for the school in sporting fixtures throughout the year.
Forms 3−6 (ages 7−11)
In Prep pupils follow the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.
Specialist teaching takes place in various subjects including French, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, drama, music, rowing, PE and netball, as well as ballet and judo. There is an additional charge for ballet and judo. Weekly swimming lessons are offered as part of the curriculum. Selected pupils get the opportunity to compete for the school in sporting fixtures and other academic challenges throughout the year.
Prospective parents are invited to view the school, either by telephoning the Registrar on 01753 862610 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours are conducted by the Headmistress and usually take place in the morning. They last for approximately an hour. During your tour, there will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to visit Upton during our Open Mornings.
Parents are encouraged to register their child once they have visited. There is a £100 non-refundable registration fee applicable, £50 for siblings. Each registration form is acknowledged in writing and, where places are available, confirmation is given. Please note, however, there are waiting lists in some year groups. Although the majority of children join in September, children can be admitted at any time during the academic year as long as space is available.
A £500 deposit is requested two terms before a pupil joins us. At this time an Acceptance Form and Parent Contract will be sent. The deposit will be offset against fees at the end of the child’s career at Upton.
We look forward to welcoming you to Upton House.