Pre-Prep

In our small classes, our enthusiastic and highly qualified staff ensure that the children develop a positive and confident attitude to learning.  With numeracy and literacy lessons each day, and topic work allowing our children to further develop their inquisitive minds through the humanities and science, the curriculum for our young learners is packed with enriching opportunities for every child.

The children’s self expression and creativity are fostered through inspirational art and DT projects, specialist music lessons, assemblies and a variety of performances in our wonderful theatre.  The curriculum is further broadened with specialist French lessons, swimming, physical education; focusing on skills and coordination, and Games lessons which introduce the children to team games.

The Pre-Prep children access the wealth of resources at Holmewood House while having the security and familiarity of their own dedicated building.  Our girls and boys are encouraged to be independent learners and creative thinkers. The beautiful grounds of Holmewood House inspire our youngest pupils with a sense of wonder and exploration.

In the Pre-Prep the children thrive on sharing their successes with their parents. The weekly newsletter provides parents with an overview of what their children have learned that week, and so the opportunity for lots of discussion at home. Parents are also invited in to watch their child’s class assemblies which are always a delightfully charming way of seeing the culmination of the children’s hard work. Celebration of Work afternoons see the children invite their family in to school to show them everything they have been working on, and spend some time in the classroom with them with a slice of Holmewood House home-baked cake. Pre-Prep children take so much pride in their work, so being able to share what they have learned and the masterpieces they have produced with their loved ones sees lots of beaming face, adults and children alike. Throughout the course of the year, there are three theatre performances by the Pre-Prep children, a nativity which is led by reception, Year Two Play, and an end of year show, led by year one. Children support their friends with choral or orchestral support if it is not their year group taking centre stage. Every child learning an instrument will also perform in a House Breakfast Concert in the Summer term with the rest of their house, everything from the recorder to the cello, drums to the trombone. Along with parent consultations, reports, and daily check out with the child’s class teacher there are bountiful communication opportunities, and moments to celebrate the children’s broad spectrum of achievement.