Pre-Preparatory School

Specialists in preparing the children for the important transition to school.

The Pre-Preparatory School is situated adjacent to the Day Nursery and caters for children in their last year before they commence full time education.

We balance the timetable between child-initiated learning and adult-led activities; and introduce the children to a range of well-planned learning experiences covering all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Each area of learning has a separate room led by staff with specific expertise. We have targeted our recruitment to include a number of graduates and trained early years' teachers; and this has a very positive impact on the children's educational outcomes.

During the latter part of the nursery year, we gradually introduce more structured sessions, particularly in mathematics and literacy. Phonics teaching begins in the spring term of the Pre-Preparatory year for those children who are developmentally ready. The 'Jolly Phonics Scheme' which we focus on, dovetails perfectly with our feeder schools. Mathematics is taught through a variety of practical activities both indoors and out.

Children receive specialist teaching in our Forest School, which has physical activities including science. This environment encourages exercise and an interest in nature.

The Pre-Preparatory School timetable is further enhanced by trips and outings, visits from outside professionals, and the preparation of our Christmas sing song and leavers concert.

Children playing in one of the group rooms

An important aspect of the EYFS curriculum, which we keenly promote in the Pre-Preparatory School is personal, social and emotional development (PSED). We support our children to learn to co-operate with others and celebrate similarities and differences; to develop friendships, to understand and talk about feelings, to learn about 'right' and 'wrong', to develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves.

Our Pre-Preparatory School is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. We work tirelessly to maintain this standard to give the children in our care the best possible start.

To see for yourself how we support and prepare the children that attend our setting, we would be happy to show you around. Alternatively, download the prospectus for more information.

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Ashby Castle Pre-Prep children are exceptionally well prepared to make the next step into formal schooling. We recognise these children immediately and applaud the wonderful start they have.

- J Henson, School Head