A Day at Pre-Prep

The Pre-Prep day is designed with the flexibility to cope with our busy families’ ever-changing needs. We offer a Breakfast Club from 7.30am – 8am, an Early Birds drop off from 8am at no extra charge and our after school care, The Den, is in action from 3.30pm – 6pm. The usual school day is from 8.20am – 3.30/3.45/3.50pm (depending on your child’s year group). We offer a range of after school clubs coached by specialist providers.

A day at the Pre-Prep is a busy one! We understand the importance of developing a firm foundation of core skills; we want our children to leave the Pre-Prep as independent and creative writers with a love of reading and confident mathematicians.  The core subject teaching (generally, English, Maths, PSHEE, Topic and Science) is always delivered by the Form Teacher.

There is variety in each day; as well as the core subjects, children have art, outdoor learning, music, ICT, PE, swimming, French and for Year 3 drama and DT every week. Every child benefits from such a breadth of provision each week and Pre-Prep children are certainly never afraid to try something new.

Many of our children participate in activities after school; our thriving Beavers pack is always popular and the children also relish opportunities to enjoy fencing, riding, ballet and football. Alongside these ‘chargeable’ specialist coached activities, we also run a programme of ‘in-house’ after school activities which are currently available to Year 3.

We have our own catering facilities in the Pre-Prep, and the chef and her team pride themselves on ensuring a bespoke menu, designed to meet the dietary needs of our energetic young children. We are able to copy with specific dietary needs and the chef will happily meet individual parents to discuss a child’s needs.

It is important to remember that the Pre-Prep is part of a thriving boarding community at Bilton Grange. This provides reassurance that the school is always open should a meeting (or a train!) run late. It is also not unusual for Year 3 children to become boarders themselves, either joining as full or weekly boarders, or taking up the opportunity to board once or twice a week on a flexi basis.

Whatever it is your child loves, they will be sure to find it here at Bilton Grange.

Teachers use [a] ‘practical where possible’ approach inside and out; wildlife cameras in woodland, explosive experiments in gardens – Good Schools Guide