Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Independent school with family atmosphere to nurture children

CHOOSING the right school for your child is one of the hardest decisions any parent makes, not least because every child is different.

CHOOSING the right school for your child is one of the hardest decisions any parent makes, not least because every child is different.

Rupert House School is an independent school set in the heart of Henley and a member of the prestigious IAPS prep schools association.

The school caters for girls and boys from the ages of three to 11, with boys leaving after Year 2 to attend a range of highly-regarded schools.

Rupert House prides itself on its caring “family atmosphere” that nurtures the children to give them confidence and a sense of belonging.

We enjoy seeing pupils gain in confidence and flourish. As classes are small, everyone has an opportunity to shine and to have one-to-one support in areas they find difficult.


At Rupert House, we prepare the children for each transition, from the youngest children in Rupert Bears upwards, so that they know what to expect and how to apply their learning in different situations.

Thus, when boys move into Year 3 in their new school, they are prepared and are able to adapt and settle quickly.

As the girls move from the lower school into Year 3 in the upper school, they are prepared to use and apply their knowledge, to think outside the box and be creative.

Academic strengths

As children make their way through school, an impressive range of academic subjects is taught by teachers with subject-specialist knowledge and experience.

This leads to consistently strong results, including success at 11+ and many scholarships to senior independent schools.

This year has seen a record crop of scholarships (18 in total) to some of the most academic schools in the country.

Future schools

As children grow, headteacher Clare Lynas offers individual meetings for parents of girls in Years 4 and 5 to discuss options and make suggestions for future schooling.

Many independent schools ask girls to sit pre-assessments, which may include some reasoning tests. The school therefore teaches verbal and non-verbal reasoning from Year 3.

Support is offered to help children to prepare for the Buckinghamshire or Reading grammar school entrance exams.

Co-curricular breadth

Staff at Rupert House believe in educating the whole child, so the broader curriculum is very important.

All pupils represent the school in sports fixtures, according to their ability, and they are introduced to a range of new sports. Every child will perform on stage and in the music department. This term, Year 3 performed their Dance Around The World and this week the school is staging a “Shakespeare Platform” for everyone from Year 4 upwards.

On Wednesday evening, the music department will give an Easter concert at the town hall and in early July, girls from Years 4 to 6 will perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Kenton Theatre.

Mrs Lynas talks of successful developments in the areas of sports, music and IT facilities, including a new Apple Mac suite and class sets of iPads, which are designed to ensure that Rupert House remains at the forefront of education.

Wraparound care

In the modern world, work flexibility is a challenge for many parents, so Rupert House offers extended day care with a breakfast club from 7.30am for all and an after-care club available until 5.45pm.

Whether it’s an open day or a visit to meet the head and see the school in action, Rupert House always welcomes young visitors and their parents to find out more about the school.

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