The winning combination of experienced, committed, staff and small class sizes creates a friendly and stimulating environment at Hazlegrove Pre-Prep, in which pupils lay down firm foundations in all areas of the curriculum, on which they can build in future years.
Located in a secure environment within the grounds of the Prep School, our children enjoy extensive use of the outstanding facilities including the 25m indoor swimming pool, the sports hall, the theatre, the dance studio, all-weather sports pitches, tennis courts and the surrounding woodland.
We aim to give the children in our Nursery and Pre-Prep the very best start to their school lives.
Making the most of Independence...
Being the Headmaster of an Independent School has given Richard Fenwick and our staff the freedom to create a school we really believe in with a curriculum which challenges, inspires and stretches but which also embodies the rigour which can often be found lacking in the modern age when we seem so consumed by political correctness and a more non-interventionalist approach to education.
A few years ago, we stood back and totally re-thought our pre-prep education for pupils in Years 1 and 2. Questions abounded...
What do we really want for our 7 year-olds when they move on to the Prep School?
If I could go to school again, what would I want it to be like?
How can we make everyday a good day, not just Thursdays when we have PE and Art?
So, we started with a clean sheet of paper and a determination to make the very best use of the outstanding specialist teachers who work in the prep school. We ended up with a teaching week which is very different from the one we had before...
Mornings are all about the basics, English and Maths, the building blocks of academic endeavour. Pupils are taught by experienced class teachers whose priority is to ensure that each child learns in a way which attends to their individual priorities and needs. Teachers then take their own classes to lunch and keep a close eye both on what they eat and how they eat it. After lunch, before going out to play, all pupils change into their PE kit, putting their uniform in their rucksack ready to take home at the end of the day. The amount of time we save, simply on changing, is hard to believe.
We are then into the afternoon when pupils will still see their teachers for Science and Art in the Rainbow Room (a classroom devoted to this purpose) as well as at the end of the day, but the rest of the time is quite simply the very best we can give them. The children enjoy PE and Sport, Swimming, Tennis, Music, Dance and Drama, French and Forest School with specialist teachers, making full use of the Prep School staff.
The Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum whilst also benefitting from the involvement of our specialist teachers, and the use of the Prep School facilities, for a number of their activities.
We are seeing clear evidence of the success of the programme. Children moving through to the Prep School in Year 3 are more self-assured and confident and their levels of skill and ability are demonstrably more advanced.
“We aim to give these young people, whose parents have entrusted them into our care, the very best start we can. It's an enviable blend of experience and inspiration. They go home, after nearly eight hours at school, like tired puppies at the end of a busy day, ready for a relaxing evening and a good night’s sleep, but clearly wagging their tails. It's certainly the school I would want to go to if I was their age again,” says the Headmaster.