The Pre-prep at St Peter’s is Nursery (from age 3), Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

We teach in small classes and all Pre-prep children have subject specialist teachers in Music, Games, PE and French. Beach School and Forest School have regular slots on the timetable.

A bespoke, individual reading programme starts in Nursery and all children are heard to read every day.

Each pupil learns the recorder from an early age and also starts weekly Games lessons with both boys and girls being taught the basics of Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Football, Netball and Hockey. Swimming lessons for Pre-prep take place at our pool in the Summer term and at a local pool for the rest of the year.

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Children are given the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways: through exploration and research; to break down subject boundaries and to acquire a mix of knowledge and skills.

We build a strong foundation in a friendly, caring, yet ambitious environment resulting in children achieving considerably beyond national expectations.

“Pupils make rapid progress throughout the school and achieve advanced levels of attainment for their age.” March 2020 ISI Inspection Report

Outdoor Learning

Each Pre-prep classroom has its own garden and opens directly onto extensive green fields, adventure playgrounds and open spaces.

The children enjoy lots of exercise and we have a place for creative and messy play. Pupils in Years 1 & 2 have gardening areas beside their classrooms. Reception children attend beach school and all pupils make the most of our Forest School, woodland and pond area. Many lessons will take place outside when the conditions allow, including music, drama, science, humanities, art and, naturally, PE.

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