The Prep School takes boys from age seven until they are ready to leave for senior school at thirteen. In contrast to the Pre-Prep department, where most teaching occurs in the same classroom, boys in the Prep School have more timetabled lessons in a variety of specialist classrooms. As the boys grow older, the intensity of the academic work gradually increases. The boys are also involved in a wide range of musical, sporting, and other extra-curricular activities through the lunchtime and after-school activities programme. Staff also give generously of their time to the extension of the curriculum beyond the classroom, utilising the rich resources of collegiate Oxford. While we aim to stretch and to stimulate our pupils, we are also careful to ensure that they are never placed under excessive stress and take very seriously their mental and physical wellbeing. Like the Pre-Prep, the Prep School is a happy and contented place.
In addition to the pursuit of academic, sporting and musical excellence, the Prep School aims to instil in its boys the personal qualities that will carry them through their teens and into adulthood. Naturally, they acquire good study habits. More importantly, they learn, through the example of their peers and their teachers, to respect themselves and others. As they grow older, they spend short periods away from home on school trips: these trips not only serve an important educational role; they also help the boys to develop self-confidence and self-reliance. Boys in the Prep School are also encouraged to engage with the wider world outside the School, and to take initiatives that provide practical support to those less fortunate. The boys enthusiastically volunteer to organize schemes to raise money for the various charities that we help each term.
The Prep School runs from 8.20 am to 3.45 pm. Registration is at 8.20 am and, after assembly, there are four 40-minute periods with a 20-minute mid-morning break. Lunch and midday break is from 11.55 am to 1.00 pm, followed by the lunchtime activities programme. During the afternoon there is a further registration in forms and then three lessons before school ends at 3.45pm. There is Prep School after-school care each evening from 4.00-6.00 pm during which boys complete prep, are given a drink and a snack and have some recreation. This may be arranged on an occasional or regular basis to suit parental requirements.