The Pre-Prep department, for boys and girls aged 4-7 years, was established in 2009. Situated in its own building within the grounds of Milbourne Lodge, it enjoys the use of the main school facilities, including the extensive playing fields and swimming pool, as well as having its own dedicated outdoor play area and newly built library.
Our Pre-Prep is a rich and supportive learning environment. Guaranteed small class sizes allow each child to develop their own talents and personalities under the individual attention and guidance of the staff. Teaching and learning needs to be stimulating and in the Pre-Prep the foundations are laid for the Milbourne tradition of combining hard work with fun. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard allowing teachers to access vibrant and stimulating material.
Alongside the development of academic skills, children are helped to learn important interpersonal skills: teamwork, consideration and respect for others, thinking for themselves. High standards of personal behaviour are actively promoted, with particular importance being placed on developing kindness and friendship to others.
At the beginning of each term key information about the planned provision for pupils is given to parents. We look to develop positive, successful partnerships with parents, recognising that their support plays a vital role. Daily interaction with parents is achieved using a home/school communication book and through contact with the teachers at the beginning and end of each day. More formal opportunities to discuss a child’s progress and attainment are available through Parents’ Evenings and written reports.
The department works closely with the main school. An admissions policy operates between the two and Pre-Prep pupils are carefully prepared for entry into the Prep school, thus ensuring a smooth transition and consistent education.
The Pre-Prep Deputy Head is Sarah Jones, who reports to Stephen Ilett, the Headmaster. Ms Jones, who also teaches Year 1, is supported by Jacqueleen Hosken in Reception, Heloise Meyer in Year 2 as well as three Teaching Assistants.