The day begins with their form teacher; a time to get ready for the day ahead. After assembly or form time, pupils begin morning lessons. Core subjects, English and maths, are timetabled early in the day and science is taught in a purpose- built laboratory, ideal for carrying out experiments and investigations.
The foundation subjects: history, geography and RE are delivered by subject specialists, and as in all the classrooms, teachers bring their lessons alive using state of the art technology. Pupils have ready access to iPads and in their media lessons develop their skills and enjoy making use of the green screen. In computing, pupils learn coding and develop essential IT skills they can put into practise in all subjects on the curriculum.
A wide range of modern foreign languages: French, Mandarin and Spanish as well as classical Latin, are taught in lessons and extended in clubs. Creativity is developed through art and design, drama and music, and all girls are involved in the annual musical theatre school production. Individual music lessons, with visiting instrumental and singing teachers, are available and the girls enjoy participating in choirs, ensembles, musical soirees and many out of school events.
At the end of afternoon lessons, pupils can choose to stay for tea before participating in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities: from sport, music, chess, Parliament and art clubs to name a few. Teachers supervise homework in the hour long prep session after tea each day.
Outdoor Education & Clubs
Lessons are not restricted to the classrooms; Learning Outside the Classroom is actively encouraged in all weathers. Sport plays an important part in the Prep department, keeping pupils fit and healthy, and every day they have the opportunity to take part in a games or PE activity led by specialist teachers or coaches, and to prepare for matches against other schools.
Before and after school clubs, and lunchtime clubs of running, netball, gymnastics, dance, judo and fencing offer our pupils even more sporting opportunity. Playtimes on the school’s all-weather garden and all-weather court gives pupils a chance to run around and play with their friends between lessons.
Healthy snacks and nutritious lunches are provided by the catering team. The pupils’ form teacher looks after their social and personal development and delivers the PSHE course.
Pupils with additional learning needs; gifted, able and talented and English as an Additional Language are well-supported in and out of the classroom, by specialist teachers and experienced teaching assistants, to ensure they are able to fully access the curriculum. The Prep library is well-resourced and a librarian is on hand to help pupils make the best use of this facility in and out of their lessons.