Although we have adopted the National Curriculum, we are not totally bound by it, so have the freedom to introduce a wide range of subjects.

In Prep School, each pupil is provided with their own personal laptop device for use in school and at home. Pupils use a number of learning applications to support and enhance their education, such as Century Tech, Times Table Rock stars and Languagenut.

Able, Gifted and Talented provision within the school includes setting in Maths, differentiated lessons and extension extra-curricular activities.

During Years 3 and 4 the children are primarily taught by their form teacher, which gives them a strong sense of continuity. For subjects such as PE, Language, Music and Drama we have specialist teachers and this is extended to other subjects in Years 5 and 6. It means children are taught by someone who is especially passionate and knowledgeable about their subject and can convey that enthusiasm to their class.

There are concerts and drama performances at all ages of the school. There are separate Prep School productions for Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6, with many other opportunities to perform on the stage in assemblies and at special events.

The main foreign languages taught in Prep School are French and Spanish.


Mrs Nash

Head of Prep School

Spanish is phonetically easier to learn and it is used more widely, so we have decided to teach it first, although we still offer French and also Italian later on.  Cognita has many schools in Spain and South America so we also felt that Spanish would help us to collaborate with others in the Cognita family.

We have also expanded our Food Technology department so it now includes pupils within our Prep School.

The small size of our classes enables us to teach in a way which embraces the educational needs of each child.

In Years 3 and 4 children will have the following lessons:

English 9 periods
Spelling/Handwriting 1 period
Mathematics 9 periods
Science 3 periods
Spanish2 periods
Art2 periods
Topic (Geography / History) 3 periods
ICT2 periods
Swimming3 periods
Games 3 periods
Music 1 period
Drama 1 period
RE 1 period

In Years 5 and 6 children will have the following lessons:

English 9 periods
Spelling/Handwriting 1 period
Mathematics 9 periods
Science 3 periods
Spanish 2 periods
Art (incl Food Technology)2 periods
Topic (Geography / History) 3 periods
ICT2 periods
Swimming / Physical Education 3 periods
Games 3 periods
Music1 period
Drama1 period
RE1 period
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