Sevenoaks Prep is a non-selective school. Our children feel challenged within a happy, diverse community of learners. They are stretched at a time appropriate to them, producing their individual best without unwarranted or excessive pressure. The academic curriculum is enhanced by additional activities including debating and critical thinking. Since 2013, we have followed the Singapore maths methodology for our maths teaching across the school.
The Pre-Prep is home to our younger pupils from Nursery to Year 2.
This is a crucial time in the life of children as they take their first steps towards independence. Their social and emotional needs are sensitively nurtured in a happy, secure environment. Nursery and Kindergarten are staffed by teachers and assistants who are specialists in Early Years education. There is a high teacher-to-pupil ratio and every child has a key worker.
The education provided is designed to match each child's needs, so that child-initiated play and teacher directed activities are thoughtfully planned and carefully balanced.
Full time education starts in the Reception class. Staff provide a rich and stimulating environment where curiosity and enthusiasm to learn are fostered.
With class sizes small, pupils are assured personal attention and are motivated to achieve their best.
Apart from numeracy and literacy, many other subjects are taught in cross-curricular themes, often using topic work.
Our children are encouraged to present and perform to each other regularly in class and to parents in assemblies and concerts, helping to build their confidence and their communication skills. On entering the Prep when they are seven years old, the vast majority of our children have attained a reading age significantly higher than the national average for their age.
In the ISI report of 2013, our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was found to be "outstanding" in every aspect, maintaining our previous Ofsted rating of "outstanding".
The Prep is home to Years 3 to 8.
Class teaching is continued for core subjects, with specialist teaching for drama, French, music, ICT, PE and games. By the age of 11, our pupils are taught by specialist teachers in all subjects whilst each class continues to have a form teacher who monitors their progress.
The curriculum is tailored to the needs of the pupils and their future aspirations. Whilst due regard is paid to the National Curriculum, our children are taught to the highest standard achievable by the individual. To this end, our teachers ensure that every pupil is motivated, challenged and prepared for examinations and scholarships to independent schools or 11+ or 13+ entry tests to local grammar schools.
As the children continue through the school they are offered opportunities for responsibility and leadership, which enable them to move on in life with confidence and purpose.
Our pupils achieve excellent academic results and are successful in gaining entry into schools of their choice. Furthermore, a number of children are awarded academic, music, drama and sport scholarships to many leading independent schools, and each year our pupils gain places at grammar schools.
At Sevenoaks Prep sport is for all. We enjoy excellent facilities with many pitches, a hard court area and a magnificent hall. There is a comprehensive physical education curriculum, which begins in the Pre-Prep. From Year 3, all children have opportunities to represent the school competitively in athletics, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, tennis or rugby.
In addition, we offer an extensive range of clubs and extra-curricular activities at lunchtime and after school including fencing, judo, gymnastics, archery, golf, ballet and street dance.
Music is an integral part of school life at Sevenoaks Prep.
All pupils, from Nursery to Year 8, have timetabled music lessons taught by specialist staff. As well as group performances of various kinds - choirs, orchestras, ensembles and rock bands - individual tuition is offered in voice and in a wide range of instruments.
Art is everywhere at Sevenoaks Prep!
A walk around the school and classrooms will show lots of evidence of the creativity of our pupils.
Creativity and energetic self-expression are encouraged throughout the school. In art lessons across the school, the work of various artists and designers is explored as well as the development of practical skills.
Drama plays a significant role in the life of Sevenoaks Prep too. From Pre-Prep performances through to the Middle and Upper School productions, timetabled drama lessons and house plays, all pupils are encouraged to take part both on stage and behind the scenes.