“Pupils have excellent attitudes to their learning, which is a significant factor in achieving their high level of attainment. Behaviour is of an exemplary standard and pupils come to lessons with an eagerness to learn! Winterfold House provides highly effective care, support and guidance for pupils.” – ISI Inspection Report
Winterfold’s thriving Prep School spans the ages of 7 to 13 years. The transition from Pre-Prep to Prep at 7 is made to be as seamless as possible. It also helps that the Year 3 classrooms are situated in close proximity to those of the Pre-Prep and children are not really aware of any major change
The Prep School boasts some outstanding facilities both inside and outside the classroom, including purpose built specialist teaching rooms, sports hall, full size, all weather, floodlit AstroTurf pitch and separate, floodlit multi-use games area with two tennis/netball courts, IT suite, heated swimming pool, adventure playground and over 40 acres of wonderful grounds in which to play.
As our pupils grow in maturity they have increased freedom and greater responsibility for personal achievement. Specialist teachers oversee a full and challenging programme of study, far exceeding the demands of the National Curriculum. Boys and girls can extend their learning, sharpen their knowledge and practise their skills in a wonderful atmosphere of support and encouragement.
Classes are small with a low pupil/teacher ratio, so that we can give the children as much individual attention as possible. Each class has a Form Tutor who is responsible for the welfare and academic progress of all the children in their form. Children in Years 3 to 8 are in mixed ability forms, with setting for English and Maths. From Year 3 upwards subjects are increasingly taught by specialist teachers, with the majority of subjects being in specialist classrooms.
The school day begins at 8.40am with registration, followed by morning assembly. Lessons begin at 9.00am until 12.50pm, with a break at 11.00am. The afternoon session begins again at 2.00pm and lessons continue until 4.00pm when there is a 20 minute break. The school day ends at varying times, according to the age of your child and the day of the week. As always at Winterfold, the keyword is flexibility and children may go home at various times between 4.00pm and 6.00pm. Children in Years 3 to 8 have the option of staying at Winterfold to do their prep between 5.00 and 6.00pm.