In September 2016 we reached an exciting point in the history of Newland House, as our Pre-Prep moved into brand new premises immediately adjacent to the Prep School on Waldegrave Park. Uniting the two parts of the school for the first time in more than forty years, has facilitated a natural and seamless transition for younger pupils as they progress through the school and provides an opportunity for the whole school community to enjoy the shared benefits of being on a single site.
The Pre-Prep forms the foundation of pupils' primary education and we provide an innovative, welcoming and secure environment where children can develop their style of learning and explore the breadth of curriculum offered to them. We admit children on a first come first served basis, so parents wishing to register their children are advised to do so as soon as possible. There are no entrance requirements and the school caters for a range of abilities. Confidence is a key factor in a child's learning environment and we work with parents and children to create an individualised teaching environment bespoke to each child's needs. We have a well-qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff, a specialist PE teacher, a specialist music teacher, a learning support teacher and seven teaching assistants, all of whom are in regular contact with parents. Everyone in the school is encouraged to show mutual respect for each other’s beliefs and individuality through courteous and considerate behaviour. This helps to create a supportive and understanding learning environment and atmosphere, which is one of the real hallmarks of our Pre-Prep.
We are currently moving towards three classes across all year groups but at present have three classes in Reception, two in Year 1 and two in Year 2. The move will be completed following the Reception intake in September 2018 when we will be three form entry across the entire school. Each class contains around twenty pupils.
The school day starts at 8.25am in the morning and ends at 3.30pm. Within that time, the pupils study a broad based curriculum, which starts with the Early Years Foundation Stage which is enhanced with our own bespoke skills and progresses through the Key Stage raising achievement in Literacy and Mathematics. In addition, there is specialist music teaching throughout the school and Years One and Two are also taught PE and ICT by specialist teachers. Pupils work at their own pace and each step builds on their previous learning experiences, thus ensuring a crucial firm foundation for the future.
In 2016 we moved into our new Pre-Prep building which is a highly sustainable educational facility, which is sympathetic to the neighbouring architecture, uses leading sustainable design, the latest technology and contemporary materials. The building provides pupils with an enabling and unique learning environment that embraces all aspects of the best learning theories and visions.