At Concord Preparatory School we offer pupils a supportive environment that encourages them to enjoy learning, grow in self-confidence and acquire a wide range of worthwhile interests. We provide a veritable learning atmosphere that enables individualized reasoning and fosters self-sufficiency. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, and engenders passionate learnability that will last a life time. From Nursery through to Year 6, you will find a caring atmosphere where the children are valued for who they are. Life at Concord Preparatory School could be challenging and absolutely fun. If you feel that your daughter or son would benefit from what we have to offer then please get in touch with us. We look forward to meeting you.
At The Concord School, we evaluate every boy or girl on his/her academic merits and also look at other aspects of his/her educational background and profile, including conduct and attitude. The current Head’s recommendation is an important part of this process. The Concord School operates a policy of equal opportunities in matters of disability, social background, race, religion and gender and will not deny a pupil a place for reasons other than those stated. In summary, admission to The Concord School will depend on the school’s ability to be absolutely convinced, that it will be able to educate and develop the prospective pupil to the best of his/her potentials, so as to ascertain that there is every chance that he/she will have a happy and successful school career. The School year begins in early September and it is highly desirable that new pupils should join the School then. Occasionally pupils are admitted to the School in the second term. It is the School’s policy to ensure equitable treatment of all pupils. There is a common standard for entry and admission procedures for girls and boys. The underlying consideration for acceptance or refusal is whether or not, in the School’s judgement, a girl or boy will cope comfortably with the School’s curriculum and expectations. The number of pupils accepted is subject to an upper limit determined annually by the school’s board of governors.
Our aim is to provide a nursery class in which children can enjoy learning in a happy, caring and positive environment. The Nursery Class is housed in friendly, welcoming accommodation and is equipped to a high standard; it accommodates a maximum of 24 girls and boys between the ages of 1+ (from the term they turn 3) and 4+. The children are given opportunities for structured and unstructured play and they learn through a range of first-hand experiences. In addition, they also have opportunities to develop learning skills which help to ease their transition into the Reception Class.
There is a dedicated area for art, water and sand, and a secure area for outdoor play. Role play equipment is available and also an area for looking at books and following quiet pursuits. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed and this is organised into seven areas of learning:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The Nursery teacher and staff are well-qualified and experienced and the teacher:pupil ratio is very generous, enabling us to offer teaching, supervision and care of the highest quality. The Nursery staff work closely with staff in Reception and Years 1 and 2 and from time to time Nursery children join in activities, assemblies and concerts with the older children.
Staff welcome contact with parents and actively encourage close co-operation between home and the Nursery. Children’s progress is observed carefully and parents receive written reports at the end of the term.
Most of the children who join the Reception Class move into it from our Nursery, but children are also welcomed from elsewhere from the September following their fourth birthday. Attendance from this age is on a full-time basis. In the Reception Class, the children continue the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum begun in the Nursery. All girls and boys wear school uniform.
The staff aim to give every girl and boy a first-class start to their education through the opportunity to learn in a happy, relaxed atmosphere which encourages the development of confidence in all aspects of school life. We nurture the awareness of others’ needs and encourage a growing understanding of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Outside the classroom, there are opportunities to take part in visits and after school clubs.
The children are taught by well-qualified staff, who care for them as individuals and aim to meet their needs, so they can develop their full potential. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the basic skills of numeracy and literacy in the context of a broad curriculum which encourages creativity and personal development. There are extensive opportunities for practical learning experiences. The children are taught on the whole by their subject teacher, but there is some specialist teaching in Music, French, ICT, PE and Swimming.
There are two parallel classes in each year group, throughout the Prep School, and girls and boys benefit from being in small classes. Contact with parents is actively sought, so an effective partnership between home and the school is established. Parents receive written reports and Parents’ Evenings are held at various times during the academic year.
The upper part of the Prep School, which is for children, aged 7 – 11. At this level, pupils are taught by specialist teachers in their classrooms for most of the curriculum. Children are taught science and Music in the Laboratories and music chambers respectively. In Year 6, pupils write Cambridge Primary checkpoint. The upper prep has a pattern of study similar to what pupils will experience in the High School.
Class Mentors have responsibility for the welfare of each girl and boy. This is immensely important as academic success is strengthened by careful nurturing which embraces the personal development and well-being of an individual child. .