Long Close Prep School
We offer a broad curriculum at Long Close Prep School. From the outset we place great emphasis on the core subjects of English and Mathematics, but we also introduce even the youngest children to Science, Spanish, History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art and Design, Drama and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Our topic work allows us to promote this cross-curricular approach whilst developing the children’s curiosity about the world.
We believe that the early development of good literacy skills is essential to open up the full breadth of our curriculum. We therefore introduce phonics from Nursery into KS1 and KS2 through the acclaimed Read Write Inc scheme. This has earned Long Close an accreditation as a Ruth Miskin Model School – evidence, again, of our commitment to quality teaching.
The breadth of our education is matched by an unusual depth. At all levels of the school – but especially in Years 3 and above – our children are taught by specialist teachers. This not only improves academic results; it also allows pupils to experience the passion that our teachers have for their subjects.
We believe this plays a key role in establishing a positive attitude to learning that serves our pupils well as they progress to Senior School.
English, Maths, Science, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Spanish, History, Geography, Music, Design Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education (PE lesson, Games session and Swimming), Art, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Enrichment
Preparation for 11+ is embedded into the curriculum from Year 1 Each year a significant number of pupils secure places at our local grammar schools. We understand that such places are not suitable for all pupils, so our regular tracking and monitoring enables us to support all pupils on the journey to success.
We are committed to driving academic excellence across all Prep School year groups and to ensuring that every child achieves their true potential by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6.
The emphasis of homework is on the consolidation of key concepts learnt during the school week. Challenge homework will be provided where appropriate. Topic homework will also be set where pupils will have the opportunity to take part in some creative tasks.
A variety of after-school extracurricular activities are offered each term and lists are sent home in advance for pupils to make their choice. Places are allocated on a ‘first come’ basis and occasionally pupils must be put on a reserve list and will be allocated a ‘first’ place for the next term.
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