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Welcome to Pre Preparatory


Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

Our Pre-Prep Department is all about providing your child with a safe, happy and productive start to their school days. Set in a self-contained building, the Pre-Prep has classrooms, a Hall, two fenced in playgrounds, state of the art equipment and resources.

The dedicated and highly experienced staff aim to provide a broad and exciting, child-centred curriculum which will stimulate young minds and ignite a love of learning, enabling children to develop and flourish. Progress is encouraged through immediate positive praise and reward badges celebrating achievements, whether for academic or personal skills.

Young learners develop their sense of discovery where reading and writing skills and numerical understanding go hand in hand with Art, ICT, Music, P.E. and Games lessons. Specialist teachers take the children for French, Spanish, Music, ICT, PE and Games. Pre-Prep children enjoy the use of Main School facilities including the Sports Hall, Astro court, ICT suite and swimming pool which enables them to get to know both Main School staff and ‘big school’.

Trips and visits support and extend our academic curriculum with trips to working farms, zoos and museums. We also invite visitors such as authors, musicians and explorers to bring their love of their subject into the classroom to further extend the boundaries of the children’s learning. Children in Pre-Prep join one of the ‘Houses’; the Pre-Prep hold their own assemblies but also join in with Main School ones including the weekly service in the local parish church.

The ‘family ethos’ is at the heart of Chinthurst School and we encourage our parents to be involved in their child’s education and good communication between parents and staff is vital.

Entry into Pre-Preparatory is in the September following your child’s fourth birthday. In their final year of the Pre-Prep, children from Year 2 regularly visit the Year 3 staff and join Year 3 for a number of activities. In this way we ensure a seamless transition for Pre-Prep children into Main School. 

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