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Pre Prep (Forms I and II)

At Griffin House School we aim to ensure that every child can be the very best version of themselves.

Our Pre Prep is situated within the main school building and is an extremely happy, stimulating and secure environment for our pupils to continue their education whilst being able to enjoy the wonderful facilities used by the rest of the school such as the tennis court, the woods, the field and the outdoor classroom.

The Pre Prep comprises of three classrooms for Form I and Form II. All have attached cloakroom facilities and access to a rich and vibrant environment for outdoor learning. The atmosphere is bright, colourful, purposeful and welcoming.  In the Pre Prep we aim to develop confident, hardworking pupils who have high self-esteem and a passion for learning. We nurture our pupils socially and pastorally so that they don’t just love school but relish the friendships they form and the wide variety of activities available to them.

The form groups are one/two form entry, with class sizes capped at 20. Each class has a full-time teacher, teaching assistant and reading assistant. Core lessons take place in the classroom. Onsite facilities for sport and subject rooms for art, drama, ICT and music provide space for the children to be taught by experienced specialist teachers. A large, well-equipped art room, a science lab and school hall are all available for the children. Homework is balanced to the ability and needs of each child at their age and stage, ensuring that the task is achievable and relevant.

Our well qualified, experienced and committed staff teach small class sizes in an environment which is caring and stimulating. We treat each child as an individual and are flexible to offer additional support or to recognise and challenge the able, gifted and talented. We encourage creative thinking and believe that it is important that our children can analyse and look at problems in different ways, applying their developing questioning and thinking skills across the curriculum. Our pastoral care was judged to be ‘outstanding’ by a recent Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Through close relationships with our parents, we ensure the learning process is highly effective and we are able to meet the diverse needs of our learners both academically and pastorally.  We are committed to providing a firm foundation for all children in our care as they look forward to the exciting next steps in education and the challenges they will face in life.

FROM OUR LATEST INSPECTION

“Achievement in literacy and numeracy is excellent, with good skills and progression evidenced in other subjects.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate 2020

Prep School (Years III - V)

A Prep School Department that has your child prepared for the future

At Griffin House School we will lay the foundations for your child to be a confident, aspirational and resilient learner. 

Within the prep department our aims are:

  • To ensure that every pupil is happy, confident and secure.
  • To provide a stimulating environment where each child fosters a love of learning.
  • To provide a secure basis for future education.  We will equip your child with the skills and attitudes they will need for their academic career. Our promotion of mutual respect, tolerance and kindness ensures that your child will meet the challenges of their next school. 
  • To monitor your child’s progress throughout the school, ensuring that barriers to learning can be overcome with the necessary support.
  • To provide a curriculum that is wide and varied, regularly supplemented by external visitors and educational visits.
  • To promote respect and tolerance. We are confident that your child will leave our school well rounded and respectful.
  • To encourage a school culture that enriches the children’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them.
  • To encourage your child to investigate, be inquisitive, to challenge and think creatively but also critically.

Learning is brought to life in all subjects through the passion and knowledge of our dedicated teachers and specialist teachers.  Our committed staff team have high expectations of pupils inspiring them to believe anything is possible. There is a calm and purposeful learning environment that encourages mutual respect and enables the children to reach their full potential. Our personalised approach to teaching ensures that learners of all abilities are stretched and challenged or supported and encouraged. Creative subjects of sport, art, music and drama enhance our academic curriculum to develop fully-rounded and adventurous people.

As well as having your child’s academic needs at the centre of our approach, we pride

ourselves on our exceptional pastoral care. Staff are always ready and willing to listen to pupil’s concerns, and the school operates an open-door policy for anything you might like to discuss. We value our strong and productive working relationship with parents, as we believe that this effective partnership greatly benefits your child.

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"A truly unique school. Our two children have been privileged to spend happy years at Griffin House and we will all remember this time fondly."
Parent of Year 6 Leaver 2020