We are a leading Prep School in Hertfordshire and provide an all round education. Each subject is designed to provide realistic and enjoyable challenges for each girl. Girls work in smaller, flexible groups, from their arrival in Reception, to help them access the learning and flourish. Our differentiated approach means that, in the same lesson, whilst some girls will be asked to recall and explain what they have been taught others can be asked to apply that knowledge to a new problem or scenario. Girls are taught in half classes, whilst one group maybe learning French the other half are learning Art and rotates across the timetable each week. Your daughter’s education will benefit from the smaller class and concentrated learning time with a high ratio of adult to children.
Our academic subject areas as well as in the creative and expressive arts and in sport are set to challenge and stretch every child, whatever her ability, to improve her own performance and make discoveries. Girls are encouraged to work independently and, as they become more confident, to show their initiative in seeking out new challenges. We celebrate their success all the time, sometimes quietly in a conversation, sometimes in class and sometimes with the rest of the school in our weekly Good Work Assembly.
Because the girls are taught in half classes from early on we are able to identify those who may need extra help to achieve their potential. We have a well-established and well-equipped Learning Support department which works closely with form teachers and specialist subject teachers throughout the school. The help provided can range from advice on strategies for teachers, assistants and parents, through extra explanation and practice to help master new material or new facts, to providing specialist teaching for children with a specific learning difficulty. Interventions like these may be for a short time, or for a longer period, depending on each girl’s needs; the aim is to make it both discrete and enjoyable. Sometimes it is useful for school and home to seek the expert guidance of specialists, and the staff are happy to help in arranging educational assessments where needed.