Nursery Pre-Prep Curriculum

We believe that happy children are successful learners. In the Pre-Prep children settle quickly into a happy school routine and develop a positive and interactive approach to learning.

Their days are filled with stimulating activities within a school environment which is able to take advantage of all the facilities of the Prep and Senior Schools. As well as developing maths and reading skills, children are exposed to a range of languages which include Mandarin and Italian.

Staff – Mrs Sarah Hollingsworth

Mrs S Hollingsworth Headmistress



Sarah is the Headmistress of Gresham’s Pre-Prep and an ISI Inspector. She completed a Social Science degree at Loughborough University then attended Froebel College at Roehampton University in Surrey to complete her Primary PGCE with Early Years specialism. After a year in the profession, Sarah was invited to join the Fast Track Teaching in Accelerated Leadership Programme; designed for those who have demonstrated the potential to rapidly progress into senior leadership positions. Since completing, Sarah has held many leadership positions including Nursery Manager, Early Years and Key Stage One Leader and Director of Pastoral Care in both state and independent schools in Durham, London, Sunderland, Shrewsbury and Oswestry.

Early Years Curriculum

We have new, bespoke classrooms for all of our Early Years children that encourage free flow between different rooms and the outdoor area. We believe that the environment is the third teacher; the parent is the first, the teacher the second and finally the third is the environment. We work hard to make sure the environment is stimulating and rich as this provides optimum learning opportunities.

All children learn best from hands-on experiences. We teach the fundamental skills of reading, writing and maths through daily lessons. We also encourage independence right from the start.

We believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is fundamental in instilling positive dispositions towards learning.  In Nursery and Reception, children play and explore, make choices and learn to have a go and persevere, are creative and solve problems, form good relationships and are safe, secure and happy.

Online learning journals (Tapestry)

All children from Nursery to Year 2, have their own online learning journal. Tapestry is about capturing the magic of a child’s early years experiences. The staff at Nursery and Pre-Prep capture these photos then share them with parents through an online app/website. You will have access to a number of observations sharing wow moments from your child’s learning.

“The contribution of the curricular and the extra-curricular provision is excellent.”

Independent schools inspectorate report 2016