At Hallfield, Prep School consists of four year groups: Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Your child’s move from the Pre-Prep to the Prep School should be seamless, because many of the routines are very similar between the two departments. Prep School retains the same emphasis on good manners and courtesy, the broad range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer and the core values of Hallfield as a caring and inclusive academic community.
Hallfield’s Prep School is also a period of significant development. These changes are introduced gradually and sensitively, to reflect the growing maturity of the children. For example, Prep School children begin to benefit from various specialist-taught lessons, many of them delivered in specialist teaching areas – increasingly so as they progress to Years 5 and 6. Not only is this important to providing the best academic support, but also for preparing your child for their destination schools – and their lives ahead more generally.
The Prep School day consists of eight, 40-minute lessons, with a short form period at the beginning and end of each day. Lessons in the Prep School commence at 8:40, with the morning being punctuated with assembly followed by a mid-morning break and snack. Lunch is served in the celebrated Hallfield Bistro with afternoon lessons concluding at 15:40. Afterschool clubs and aftercare continue until 18:00.
Prep School pupils are members of one of our houses – Nowers, Pughe, Ridgway and Stork – which, as part of our merit system, encourage and reward endeavour, enthusiasm, and commitment. Equally, the houses also encourage children to establish relationships beyond their immediate contemporaries, building outwards beyond their form alone.
Extra-curricular opportunities are numerous. Many children choose to learn a musical instrument and take part in our choirs, ensembles and individual music tuition. From Year 3 onwards, children have the opportunity to play in our School sports teams against other schools and Houses; and trips, too, continue to be a regular element of their School experience – including residential visits.
Prep School will be a new and exciting time of continuous development for your child. We have high expectations of all the children at Hallfield, both inside and outside the classroom – and, at every stage of the Prep School journey, the opportunities for them to engage and take part are endless.
8:25 – Class Teachers in classrooms/whistle on playground
8:30 – Pupils to classrooms
8:40 – End of Registration (Pupils late after this time)
8:40 to 9:20 – Lesson 1
9:20 to 10:00 – Lesson 2
10:00 to 10:20 – Assembly
10:20 to 10:40 – Morning Break
10:40 to 11:20 – Lesson 3
11:20 to 12:00 – Lesson 4
12:00 to 12:40 – Lesson 5
12:40 to 13:10 – Lunch Break 1 (Year 3 and 4 to Lunch)
13:10 to 13:40 – Lunch Break 2 (Year 5, 6 and HallfieldSeniors to Lunch)
13:40 to 14:20 – Lesson 6
14:20 to 15:00 – Lesson 7
15:00 to 15:40 – Lesson 8
15:40 to 15:50 – Form Time
16:00 to 18:00 – After school clubs, Aftercare (homework) and cooked tea
18:00 – Aftercare finishes – School closed