The Pre-Prep comprises of Transition, Foundation, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Children are aged between 2 and 7 years and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum. The department is a vibrant learning environment using the wonderful outdoor facilities alongside newly extended and refurbished Foundation and Reception classrooms.
The Pre-Prep and Upper School plan and support a variety of charities throughout the School year – both local and national – such as Edward’s Trust, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Marie Curie and Red Nose Day (Comic Relief), to name but a few. The School councils select the charities and decide how to organise the fund raising events under the supervision of Mrs Woodward (Pre-Prep) and Mrs Checketts (Upper School).
Parents are invited to attend church services for Harvest and Christmas at St. George’s Church, Edgbaston and the Mother’s Day Service in School, which is usually led by Year 2 children.
The children recently enjoyed working with an Artist in Residence to produce four willow spheres, which are now located on the grass alongside the pathway. The department plans to initiate similar projects on a regular basis to enable the children to enhance their school environment with further creative artefacts.
Sports Days are family events where parents cheer their children to the finishing line! Year 2 children have benefitted this year having games taught to them on a Friday afternoon by the Upper School PE staff.
A specialist music teacher teaches all of the children in the department. There is also a Pre-Prep Choir and Staff Choir who perform throughout the year and at the annual Carol Service.
The department celebrates the end of each term with a ‘Break-up’ Assembly and an end of year Prize Giving in the marquee. On these special occasions children are awarded cups, certificates and book tokens for their effort and personal achievements.