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
Children attend Gresham’s six days a week. The school day starts at 8.25am with registration and on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays ends at 5.15pm when day pupils leave for the day or they can choose to stay and take part in the activities programme. Tea is provided at 5.15pm for boarders and those staying for activities with pick up for day pupils following activities at 6.50pm. Pick up for day pupils is between 3.30pm and 4.00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The school day is made up of 10 periods of 35 minute lessons although many of these are double periods of 75 minutes. Games practise takes place four times a week 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.
“Gresham’s Prep provides the most wonderful, idyllic setting for the challenging and enjoyable education it offers. No child should meet anything less than their absolute potential with the facilities, curriculum, and care offered by the school.”
Current Parent, December 2013
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.