At Prep we understand that ‘for boys to take their place in the world’ a number of things have to be set in place. Our ‘point of difference’ is that we understand this need and provide the opportunities at Prep which allow the boys to achieve the following:
A Sense of Belonging to a Community
Personal relationships formed at Prep school and participation in College traditions, create a nurturing environment for young boys to develop into young men.
Boundaries and Pastoral Care
We know that boys need firm and consistent boundaries. A caring and supportive pastoral care system is equally as important. We recognise the positive impact of ‘male role models’ in the life of adolescent males. We are aware of how Prep students identify with College senior boys, whom exemplify excellence in all academic, sporting and cultural activities.
Focus on Numeracy, Literacy and Science in a Balanced Programme
The Prep timetable reflects how reading, writing, maths and science dominate the students’ daily routine and the context of subjects taught is critical for the boys to remain engaged. Units such as Exploration and Survival; Trench Warfare; Rockets and Shackleton, capture the imagination of young boys and engage and motivate them not only to participate, but to attain high levels of achievement and understanding.
The STEM programme involves interactive learning content as well as classroom experiments and hands-on activities.
- Weekly timetabled STEM lessons will take place in a dedicated classroom space for all students.
- Boys will be designing, building, repairing, simulating, testing and playing with a huge range of interesting and stimulating projects.
- Coding lessons are timetabled and the coding club gives further hands-on access to programmes to support their learning.
Information Technology and Thinking Skills
We understand that it is essential for boys to be confident in applying computer technology to their studies, accessing information and also creatively sharing what they have found with others.
As well as encouraging the boys to become digitally competent, boys need to learn how to become ‘critical thinkers’. We provide the opportunity for boys to participate in the Future Problem Solving Programme, which has enjoyed both national and international success.
Physical education, sport and outdoor education plays an important role in the daily programme. Meeting the needs of boys, ie providing opportunities to exercise their bodies regularly and to compete against each other (and other schools), is critical and allows the boys to be more focused on their studies.