Pre-Prep Subjects


Reading is at the core of all we do, as it is the key skill that enables children to access the wonderful world of learning and imagination. Beautiful, high quality literature is available from our Library with our dedicated Librarian nearby to help and guide.


We encourage children to ask questions and discover the world around them. By stimulating their natural curiosity, indoors or out, we show them how to look closely, ask the right questions and use different sources to find answers.

We work closely with the science departments in both the Prep and Senior Schools to create stimulating experiences. For example, night time visits to the school’s observatory to view the stars or exploding experiments during Science Week.


We aim to give every child a solid foundation of understanding in mathematics, and to use that knowledge to explore and solve problems. Children are encouraged to talk about their learning and develop mastery in Maths through deeper thinking rather than surface level knowledge.


Every child from Reception to Year 2 has a weekly language lesson. This focuses on confidence to explore different languages around the world. It is taught through rhymes and songs that develop the children’s vocabulary and enjoyment of the language and lay the foundation for further study.


Some form of physical activity happens every day.

There’s a range of different opportunities to find the activity each child, from Nursery to Year 2, will enjoy. Examples include: games lessons, gymnastics, music and movement and dance, as well as weekly swimming lessons. Dance and sports’ specialists deliver these lessons in the school every week, and we run a range of after-school sports clubs too.


Swimming lessons are provided for children from Nursery (rising 4 year-olds) through to Year 2 in our own swimming pool (please note: only children in Nursery attending the relevant session will have access to the swimming lessons during the school day).

The pool is situated a short walk from the Pre-Prep and staffed by fully qualified swimming instructors. The youngest children also have the support of additional adults in the pool to ensure that they are all happy and safe.

Our instructors are passionate about teaching every child to swim to ensure their safety in and around water. As children progress to the Prep School they will continue to learn swimming techniques with the same instructors and have the opportunity to progress to competitive level swimming.


We nurture a love of creativity and provide children with many different ways to express themselves. Subject specialists delivers weekly creative lessons. Additional one-to-one music lessons in a variety of instruments are also available.


Technology runs through everything we do, from interactive whiteboards and programming Beebots in the classrooms to the use of Microsoft Surfaces to support subject knowledge. We also have lessons in the magnificent Prep School ICT Suite to learn specific skills such as programming and internet safety.


We develop the children’s sense of time and place through their topic work. Every subject they tackle has a historical or a geographical dimension.


We use Christianity as the basis on which the children learn how to treat others. We value and encourage the sharing of other beliefs, and teach the children about different world faiths and enjoy weekly time with our School Chaplain.


We offer every child a Forest School experience during their time in the Pre-Prep.

Through Forest School, children are able to develop a lifelong love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing the core purposes of the Forest School ethos; namely, development of self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

All sessions take place in various woodland sites within the school grounds and are supervised by qualified Forest School practitioners.

The learning is play-based and, as far as possible, child-initiated and child-led, giving each child the opportunity to manage risks, explore opportunities and gain a range of skills in the natural environment.


Kindness and caring permeate all we do. Specific Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons teach the children the skills they need to live and work in a community. We cover subjects such as respect for others, feelings, how to care for others, road safety and a range of different health issues.