The Prep School is a vibrant and enriching environment and we want every pupils to be able to access what they need to thrive and flourish, or as we say “to be their best selves”. At Holme Grange we are blessed with a dedicated and enthusiastic body of teachers and support staff who care very much about making our pupils’ time here an enjoyable, valuable and memorable experience.
We aim to provide effective integration of knowledge, skills and understanding and we understand the importance of identifying individual needs and skills which is why we differentiate our curriculum. As well as the traditional subjects, there are lessons provided for Drama, Forest School, Music, Philosophy, Current Affairs, Food Technology, Library time and a wide variety of Sports.
In Years 3 & 4 pupils are taught French, ICT, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama & Sport by our specialist teachers. From Year 5 upwards every subject is taught as a specialism with Mathematics taught in sets.
Our Prep School Curriculum goes beyond the National Curriculum and provides a solid and rigorous grounding for GCSE work in Eaton Grange, our Senior School.
All pupils in Prep School have 1:1 time with their form teacher. During these meetings they will discuss their targets, how things are progressing and what support may be needed.
Pupils are given clear guidelines on how effort grades are awarded. These are discussed on a regular basis with their subject teachers and pupils will often self-assess their effort in class.
A homework timetable is published for Prep School students which is signed weekly by parents and form tutors.
Trips and Outings
These form an important part of the Holme Grange curriculum and include visits to museums, art galleries, theatres and historical sites. In addition pupils in the Prep School will take part in a residential trip each year to promote team building.
As pupils work their way through the Prep School, the opportunities to develop leadership skills increase. As well as in-class roles such as Form Captain, Eco Warrior and Library Monitor, there are whole-school responsibilities like that of Head Boy, Head Girl, Peer Mentor, Newspaper Editor and the newly created Poet Laureate position. These varied roles mean a wide range of pupils can experience positions of influence suited to their character.
We are very very happy with the school. The values and ethos the school promotes resonate with our own values. Our daughter really enjoys being at Holme Grange and is thriving there.