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 for Prep begins at 8.30am, followed by morning assembly. Lessons begin at 8.50am until 12.40pm, with a break at 10.50am. The afternoon session begins again at 1.50pm and lessons continue until 4.00pm, when there is a short 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.