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The Prep Curriculum for children aged 7 - 13

The Prep Curriculum for children aged 7 - 13

Welcome to our Prep School. 

Nurturing the Whole Child

Hazlegrove is an exceptional coeducational full boarding and day school where we enable children to be children and are committed to celebrating childhood. We are largely an ‘unplugged’ school, you won't see our children (or staff!) walking around with mobile phones because we believe that education is about learning all of the essential skills needed to communicate successfully with those alongside us and build a strong sense of self-belief. Computers and ICT are seen as a vital component of Hazlegrove education but never as an end in themselves.

The Prep School, for Years 3 to 8, offers an enriching, all-round education where the rigours of the curriculum sit alongside the values and ethos that underpin life at Hazlegrove. We want our pupils to embrace the school values of kindness, respect, integrity, grace, generosity and courage.  

A vibrant and creative curriculum, exceptional pastoral care and stunning rural Somerset location combine to make children feel nurtured, motivated, inspired and encouraged to love learning for life.

It's all about the ‘Three Cs’ at Hazlegrove! Hazlegrovians are  curious, creative and confident when they leave us at the end of Year 8, keen to make the most of all of the opportunities on offer to them.

The Prep Curriculum

The curriculum has a real, hands-on feel where children participate and are not just spectators. We are passionate about developing in the children, genuine awe, wonder and curiosity at the complexities of life and the world about us - past, present and future.

The breadth and balance in the curriculum give pupils an opportunity to get excited about the lessons they have each day.

Activity and investigation enable pupils to learn to think for themselves and to solve problems. We hope that they can begin to see that failure and getting it wrong are just as important as getting it right. 

We are so happy with Hazlegrove and feel very blessed that our children have the opportunity to learn in such a wonderfully inspiring setting

Feedback from RS Academics Parent Survey

The heart of prep school education is expressed in one word, preparatory. The curriculum at Hazlegrove prepares children for the next phases of their lives, for the demands of a more specialised senior education and, in the longer term, to be able to meet the challenges of the workplace and to thrive in their personal and professional lives, understanding their responsibilities in making the world a better place. In Year 4, pupils join the rest of the Prep School in attending school on Saturday mornings from which the children benefit in a myriad of ways; whether it be the space this creates over the course of a week to explore topics and interests to the pressure that this removes from having to fit everything in from Monday to Friday. 

The traditional academic disciplines, including Latin, are complimented by Music and Drama, Art and Design and Outdoor Education, as well as a varied Sports programme. Computers and ICT are seen as a vital component of Hazlegrove education but never as an end in themselves. 

Humanities take place in the Fitzjames building, a fantastic, flexible and innovative addition to the teaching space whose light, bright classrooms open on to first floor gallery and full height atrium where a huge globe hangs from the ceiling; broad steps double as informal seating. 

Good Schools Guide

Pupils' progress is monitored from an early age to ensure that potential is fulfilled and any difficulties are identified as early as possible. This progress is regularly assessed, both formally and informally, and parents are kept up-to-date about levels of effort and attainment through the reporting system and pattern of regular parent-teacher meetings. Parents are encouraged to discuss their children's progress with staff at any time.

Pupils are prepared for entry to a wide range of senior schools and considerable success is achieved on the scholarship front. They gain entry either through the Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations and awards gained may be Academic, Sport, Music, Art, DT, Drama or All Round.

Please click on the tabs below to find out more about the structure of the prep school:

Tutors and Head of Section
The Lower School - Years 3 and 4
The Middle School - Years 5 and 6
The Upper School - Years 7 and 8
Setting and Streaming
Prep or homework
Reward systems
Inter-house competition