Saturday, 15 December 2018

Where children are taught the way forward

PRE-PREP at St Andrew’s School is the start of an exciting journey for our children aged

PRE-PREP at St Andrew’s School is the start of an exciting journey for our children aged three to seven.

We teach with the philosophy of, “If I were a child how would I like to learn?”

Our lessons have plenty of active, often messy, exploration as children are encouraged to “have a go”. There is the right balance between gaining knowledge and understanding ideas and concepts.

We have recently introduced the “Things to do before you are 7¾” programme to encourage our boys and girls to achieve 30 targets.

Examples include riding on a tractor, paddling in the sea, making a magic potion and visiting the rainforest (at Hampstead Norreys rather than Brazil!). The teaching is brought to life with theme days — our Pirate Day hones geographical skills by searching for treasure.

We aim to encourage a love of learning across a wide spectrum; English and mathematics are interspersed with science, music, yoga, hockey, art and drama.

All of these can be taught within a hands-on lesson where originality is encouraged and life skills are developed. We emphasise intellectual characteristics such as collaboration, curiosity, initiative, resilience, responsibility, empathy and reflectiveness.

We want children to come into St Andrew’s with a smile and an air of excitement and expectation. Many parents when they visit wish they were taught in this way — the fun and happiness exudes from every classroom.

This philosophy carries on into the Prep School where boys and girls aged eight to 13 continue to flourish in an environment where they are encouraged to develop independent thought and learning through discovery.

St Andrew’s has an outstanding reputation in preparing pupils for their first choice senior school with many scholarships won. In this year’s Tatler schools guide to the top prep schools, St Andrew’s is summarised, “The children all seem so busy and happy and there’s a really full and varied curriculum with great teaching.”

Headmaster Jonathan Bartlett would like to invite you to visit his thriving school.

Please call Carolyn Reeves, the registrar, to arrange an appointment on 0118 974 4276 or email

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