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The top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England

Writing in this week’s The Sunday Times Professor Alan Smithers [Director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham] explains how well schools who ‘are better at getting the best out of everyone’ will have done in this year’s SATs.

We are once again firmly in the top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England; and the only one in Oxfordshire to be listed.

Thanks to Mrs Douglas’ excellent teaching our aggregate score for 2017 is even higher which means we should achieve an even higher-ranking next year.

We are most certainly good at getting the best out of all of our pupils.

Foundation Unit (Nursery and Reception)

The Foundation Unit (FU) comprises Nursery for 3 to 4 year olds and Reception for 4 to 5 year olds. Pupils in Nursery attend for a minimum of 50% of the week (5 sessions); children in Reception attend full time.

Children new to the school and who perhaps have not been to another Early Years setting prior to admission, may attend less in the first instance, in order to slowly build up to the minimum amount. Please note however that the school will invoice for the minimum number of sessions from the outset. A session is either a morning (09:00 to 12:00) or an afternoon (13:00 to 15:30). Parents are asked to complete a form to indicate their preferred attendance programme prior to the start of each new term.

Forms 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1 or Pre-preparatory)

Form 1 is the start of statutory education. Each day starts with the register being formally called at 09:00 hours followed by a structured timetable of lessons. Parents are politely requested to try and complete discussions with the teacher before 09:00 and to not linger beyond this time as it tends to delay the start of the day. The Phonics programme started as far back as Nursery, strengthened through Reception, continues strongly through these two years. Jolly Grammar is now integral and important. Similarly the numeracy programme is similarly developed through the Abacus programme.

Forms 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2 or Preparatory)

Registration begins each morning at 08.50, and lessons begin promptly at 09.00. Again, all parents are politely requested to leave classrooms at these designated times so that lessons may begin promptly at 09:00.

Extended Day Programme

Extended Day programme and booking forms.

Before School and After School Care

  • The school is open from 08.00 for parents who need to access Before School Care (BSC).
  • After School Care (ASC) is available from 15:30 to 18.00.
  • Both can be accessed by booking in advance, drop-in request or telephone call.

Please note: After school care is not available on a Friday to facilitate Staff Meetings.