The Pre-Prep encompasses children from the Nest (our 3+ class) up to Year Three. We are a self-contained setting with a happy, community feel. We pride ourselves on our outstanding pastoral care and individualised provision which seeks not only to meet the needs of each child; but to ensure they are able to grow, personally, socially and emotionally as well as academically.
The Pre-Prep feels like a family. Our small classes ensure that all of the children are known and nurtured as individuals and the staff are all passionate about providing the level of care that you would provide as a parent at home. Whilst we want to ensure all of our children make the best possible academic progress they can, the offering here is about much more than academics. From their very first days with us, we work hard to ensure each child feels settled and secure within their environment and that they have relationships, both with staff and peers, which make them feel a sense of confidence and belonging. Our broad and varied offering ensures that every child is able to find their own areas in which they are able to excel. Our aim is to ensure every child makes the most of the opportunities presented to them, developing in them a range of character skills that will serve them throughout life.
The Pre-Prep is housed in an Edwardian building near to the Prep department. We have many of our own specialist facilities including our own art room, library, music hub, ICT suite and PE and assembly hall. Whilst this offers many benefits, we also enjoy being part of the wider school and share many of its facilities including the astro, swimming pool, DT lab and Science labs. Specialist subjects are taught by specialist teachers from the earliest age and we are very proud of the high quality of provision this ensures, whether that be in music, PE, art, French, drama, ICT or DT. The Pre-Prep have their own dedicated play ground with swings and climbing frames, located just outside their classrooms, but still can enjoy all that the fabulous 90 acre site offers.
From the point of joining the Nest and progressing through until they are ready to transition into the Prep at the end of Year Three, children are supported and encouraged to build a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. We feel our pupils are valued as individuals and encouraged; they are stretched, not stressed, by their tasks, which are carefully designed and structured to help them meet their potential. Our expert teaching staff are supported by a strong team of teaching assistants, and all are highly experienced with the very specific learning needs of children at the beginning of their school lives.
A positive home-school relationship really does help to support and enhance what happens in the classroom and we work hard to ensure this remains a real strength of our provision. We are an open house, and value the relationships that we develop with our parents. Drop off and collection from your child’s classroom door ensure that you have that all important verbal hand over and the teaching and support staff are always on hand should you need to come and discuss something with us.
Whilst small classes are a feature throughout the School, we maintain the important balance between having a class that is small enough for all to enjoy consistent attention and support, and ensuring that classes are big enough to support a range of friendships and spark interesting discussions in lesson time.
Overall the whole school prepares for a Senior School education but the Pre-Prep offers an exciting and stimulating preparation for Prep – developing firm foundations in both the academic and emotional well-being of each child. As your child nears the end of their time with us in the Pre-Prep we do all we can to ensure that they (and you!) make a smooth and happy transition to the Prep. As a Pre-Prep parent you should feel very much part of the wider Bilton Grange family and this should make your onward journey through to Juniors and beyond, a very happy one.