Preparatory School for Girls

Prep (Year 3 to Year 6)

At Halstead the girls benefit from a broad curriculum which prepares them for the senior school entrance examinations in Year 6.

The National Curriculum is used as a foundation to planning what is taught but this is enriched and extended to enable each pupil to feel appropriately challenged and progress at the pace that is right for her.

Pupils are taught by well-qualified teachers in all subjects and the highest possible standards are reached through praise, encouragement and a full understanding of each pupil's needs and abilities. Specialist teaching in PE, Drama, Dance and Music is given from Nursery onwards as well as in Games, Swimming, French, ICT, Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History and Science from Year 3. A weekly lesson in Study/Reasoning Skills is given from Year 3 and Verbal Reasoning and an introduction to Latin in Year 6.

Form Teachers oversee the girls’ academic and pastoral needs and progress; up to Year 4 they will teach their own class for Maths/English. Maths and English are taught by specialists in Years 5 and 6. Pupils will work in ability groups for some aspects of Maths in Years 3 and 4.  They are taught in sets for English and Maths from Year 5. We assess each girl’s progress termly and all girls are appropriately prepared for senior school entrance examinations and scholarships. Some pupils are given additional help with their school work through specialist one to one tuition or in-class support.

Our broad curriculum is enriched with visiting speakers and trips to places of interest relating to their studies. Residential trips are enjoyed by all girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 including to outdoor activity centres Sayers Croft and Osmington Bay and a five day stay in France.