Prep School Life
Life at Gresham’s Prep is busy and full of opportunities. Alongside the normal curriculum there are many exciting trips, activity days and other opportunities to enhance children’s lives.
These vary from dressing up for a charity day, taking part in a drama production, representing your school in a sports fixture, participating in a choral competition, visiting local beaches to discover more about coastal erosion or even being filmed for local TV; the list is endless.
Individual initiatives from pupils to support good causes are positively encouraged.
Independent Schools inspectorate 2016
In Years 3 and 4, children attend Gresham’s Prep from Monday to Friday and from Year 5 upwards, they are with us on six days a week with the addition of our bespoke Saturday school enrichment programme. The school day starts with registration at 8.20am for all year groups. Our junior pupils in Years 3 and 4 have slightly earlier finishing times than children in Years 5 to 8, but they may stay for after school activities if they are ready for a longer day or have siblings in older year groups. A rich and varied evening activities programme is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays until 6.25pm. As a general rule, the school day finishes at 5.15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and on Wednesdays and Saturdays we provide a break in our busy week with early finish times between 3pm and 4pm, depending on the year group.
The school day is made up of 9 periods of 45 minute lessons and some of these are timetabled as longer double lessons to make the most of our outstanding facilities for art, drama, outdoor learning, music, sport and STEAM. Games and PE lessons take place on four out of five or five out of six days, where children receive dedicated sports coaching and/or compete in sports fixtures. All year groups receive class music lessons and individual music lessons are available at an additional cost, which are timetabled alongside normal lessons.
The Head leads an assembly twice a week. There are also individual house assemblies held each week. Assemblies are a time for celebrating children’s achievements as well as welcoming visiting speakers or members of the school community to speak about a variety of topics.
The school day is a long one and therefore no formal homework is set. Supervised Prep takes place at school which allows time for individual study. Younger children are encouraged to read at home and also to follow up topics that have been covered at school. Children may also be asked to learn for tests and of course, revise at exam times.
Morning Break runs from 10:55am until 11.20am and afternoon break from 3.15pm until 3.35pm. Children are provided with a snack and a drink. Break times are fully supervised. Lunch break runs from 12.30pm to 1.45pm in which there are two lunch sittings and time for play and leisure activities. Many of the school’s facilities are open at lunchtimes and a number of supervised activities take place.