Sport has an important part to play in the physical and social development of all young people. We believe that sport is not just for the most able. Each child is encouraged to perform to the best of their abilities.
The indoor facilities, extensive grounds, playing fields and indoor swimming pool provide wonderful opportunities for the children to enjoy a large number of sports and activities. All the sports are coached by fully qualified members of staff and the children are encouraged to be involved in as many activities as possible.
Regular fixtures against other schools and inter house sports ensure that the standard of sports teaching remains impressively high. All major summer and winter sports are catered for, though rugby, football, netball, hockey, cricket and rounders occupy most of the games sessions.
Drama is an area of special excellence, bringing together the diverse abilities of the pupils. Children participate in all areas of dramatic production from lighting and stage management to dance and performance. Those children in forms 1 to 4 receive curriculum drama lessons, enabling them to acquire the skills and confidence, fostering in them an enthusiasm for performing arts, in its many guises.
Normally there will be at least two productions each year. Our productions enjoy popular support, not only from parents and families but also from the wider community, such is the high standard and professionalism of the children and staff.
Each child in the school competes in the annual verse-speaking competition with the final held on Prize Day. This competition has been in existence almost as long as the school itself, such is its success and benefit to the confidence of each child.
Music is concerned with the creative, aesthetic, intellectual and emotional response to sound, and is provided for the education and enjoyment of all pupils regardless of ability.
We aim to build confidence so that children find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in musical expression. Pupils learn to sing, play a range of tuned and un-tuned instruments, and to listen carefully to music made by others. In doing so, their imagination is stimulated, co-ordination skills are developed and bonds are made with other music makers and audiences. Individual tuition is offered on many different orchestral instruments in addition to pianoforte.
The School Choir also enjoys considerable success when leading worship in our Chapel and concerts, as well as when participating in ecumenical and multi-faith services for local and national events.
Our children are given the opportunity to undertake a variety of creative arts in an encouraging and confidence building environment.
As one of the few departments in the country to teach History of Art to prep school children, we are rightly proud of our Art department. The standard of the children’s art is most impressive, we exhibit our Art in a variety of locations throughout the county. Art covers the full range of possibilities, from textiles and pottery to fine art and digital photography.
For certain pupils this may include elements of scholarship requirements.
Reception, Years One and Two Art lessons are taught by Form Teachers. From Year Three Art lessons are taught by an Art specialist. All children have periods of art each week. Projects and new techniques are introduced as a whole class task but children usually work on individual pieces. Pupils are encouraged to take an active part in the learning process by observing, making, thinking, explaining, evaluating and developing their ideas and skills in both practical and Art History lessons.
Art Gallery: Please scroll through some of the children’s latest work.