Our Pre-Preparatory Department, situated adjacent to the Junior School, combines bright airy classrooms and a stunning multi-purpose hall with a delightful, outdoor garden and charming library. Small classes, which each have a Form Teacher and a Teaching Assistant, ensure that each child is nurtured and encouraged to work to the best of their ability.
In King’s St Alban’s Pre-Prep, our number one priority is the well-being and happiness of our pupils. Young children learn from everything that happens around them and our children thrive on the opportunities offered. We aim to promote children’s natural curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through fun, play-based tasks, which children can actively explore and develop.
King’s St Alban’s Pre-Prep Department comprises purpose-built accommodation, with spacious classrooms for Reception, Year One and Year Two and an impressive hall that provides space for sport, drama, music, assemblies, and lunch.
A unique, enclosed, outdoor playing area extends the building’s offerings, with space for children to explore and play. Water containers, a giant sand-pit and construction materials all serve to develop the children’s natural curiosity and playfulness. In addition, the Forest School area is a short stroll away through the Junior School grounds. Here, weekly sessions with a trained Forest School Leader add an extra dimension to outdoor learning.
Specialist staff from the Junior School teach French, music, PE, swimming, and games and the children regularly use the facilities on the Junior School site. Throughout the year, all of the Pre-Prep children have weekly swimming lessons in addition to PE and games. Year One and Year Two use the IT suite every week and Year Two also use the science laboratory and have weekly art lessons in the art studio.
We recognise that children who feel confident in themselves and in their own ability have a head start in learning. All the children are treated as individuals and are encouraged to explore their gifts and strengths in order to achieve their full potential. What children can do, rather than what they cannot, is the starting point in their learning and planning is flexible so that children’s individual needs and interests can be followed.