The first day at school is a treasured and important step for both parent and child, and the Pre-Prep makes each child’s happiness and sense of security an absolute priority in the early years. At the same time, we recognise that every child has his or her own unique personality and abilities and so, from that first day, pupil and teacher form a partnership to stimulate new interests and to develop particular strengths.
We aim to provide a challenging, safe environment where each child will feel happy and secure in a friendly atmosphere. Each child will be encouraged to take a pride in their own achievements and consider themselves to be a valued member of the St Edmund’s community. Pupils develop a respect for the needs of others, for their own and other people’s possessions, and for their environment. We place particular emphasis on interpersonal skills, especially courtesy and consideration.
The class teacher plays a vital role in creating this environment. Our teachers are very experienced with young learners and teach them in all the core subjects, with help from specialists for Music, French, PE and Dance.
We have four year groups in Pre-Prep: Nursery School, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Every class has a class teacher and is supported by a classroom assistant. This means that the teachers can really get to know each child and provide the encouragement and support that they need to develop their individual talents and their confidence.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in their child’s education as the welfare of pupils is of paramount importance to us and we are responsive to parental concerns. Parents are always welcome in the classrooms and we make sure that there are frequent opportunities to talk to the staff. In addition, we provide many opportunities for parents to participate in out-of-classroom activities and to support their child’s education in as many ways as possible.
We also offer after school care from 3.30 pm until 5.30 pm for those children whose parents work and wish to collect them later than the normal end of school time.