The Prep School is formed of Years 3 through to 8 (and we call them Transition, then Forms IV, V, VI, VII & VIII – Transition is for Seven year olds turning 8 in the course of the year.)
Transition, Form IV and Form V follow a Classteacher model, with one teacher delivering the lion’s share of the lessons. Whilst this consistency is maintained, the children also start to meet specialist staff as part of their routine. From Form VI the focus shifts wholeheartedly to a Subject taught model, with the boys and girls now receiving their lessons from a full spread of specialist staff in a sensibly paced run-up towards their Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations at the end of Form VIII. In all years the children remain in their classroom and the teachers are the ones travelling to them, with the exception of subjects with specialist teaching rooms such as the Science lab or Art Room.
Transition and Form IV still have a weekly swimming lesson. Latin starts in Form V but otherwise all classes enjoy a similar spread of lessons.