Kingsley offers a warm, caring environment where learning is fun and in which pupils learn to have confidence in themselves in a safe and secure community. The Preparatory School offers a rich, vibrant and extensive curriculum which adheres to and extends the Early Years and National Curriculum for bright and curious children. Pupils are taught in small classes and learn a sound grasp of literacy and numeracy skills. Individual needs can be met and children are supported and challenged in their learning by an extensive programme of creative activities and an enriching curriculum
Pupils are taught in classes with a low pupil-teacher ratio, where individual needs can be met and where learning is fun. We are proud of the warm, caring environment which enables pupils to have confidence in themselves while supporting each other in a secure, close-knit community.
Classrooms are light, colourful and well-equipped. All have interactive whiteboards and computer network access and are grouped together in one building, providing easy access to the many facilities within the Prep School.
Pupils have lessons in the core areas of mathematics, English, science, ICT, history, geography, art, design and technology, French, music, PE, religious education and personal, social and health education. Specialist staff, some from the Senior School, teach the key areas of French, music and drama, PE, games and swimming bringing, their considerable expertise to the learning experience.
As pupils reach the top of the Prep School they are able to use some of the well-resourced Senior School teaching areas and the Senior Dining Room. Apart from the obvious thrill of working in this grown-up setting, the experience provides an excellent bridge to life in the Senior School, enabling a smooth transition for the move into Year 7.
A regular programme of visits to art galleries, theatres and historical sites enables teachers to bring many areas of the curriculum to life. Visiting authors and other guest speakers enrich and extend the pupils’ learning. At the top end of the Prep School pupils enjoy residential trips, both within the UK and overseas, which promote increased independence, self-confidence and group skills.
Effective communication with parents is vital in ensuring the best academic progress for each child. During the course of the academic year, staff report formally to parents either through parents’ evenings or written reports and form teachers always welcome the opportunity to speak with parents at the end of the school day on a more informal basis.