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Nursery & Pre-Prep Overview
Winchester House School Nursery and Pre-Prep "achieves very high standards in all facets of school life, providing an abundance of educational opportunities” (ISI March 2013). The solid foundations for learning provide many opportunities for children to discover new interests and develop a range of talents, and sowing the seeds for long standing and flourishing friendships.

Room to grow

Our Pre-Prep Department (3-7 year olds) comprises of Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We are situated in a delightful self-contained building including a purpose built Nursery, 5 classrooms, library, break out spaces and an outdoor classroom, all of which are surrounded by large playing fields. Our exciting playground and Early Years garden offer a range of physical and creative experiences designed to exercise growing minds and bodies and allow the children to build confidence and enjoy fresh air and fun.

Family atmosphere

Within the department there is a strong sense of community and we work hard to foster a warm, family atmosphere, where everyone feels valued. Small class sizes allow teachers to build long lasting, nurturing relationships with children and their families. Our friendly and flexible approach encourages children and parents to feel comfortable and able to talk to staff about anything at any time. 'Come & Share' sessions, coffee mornings and parent workshops are regular features and strengthen the school-family partnership.

A range of opportunities

We have an ongoing commitment to a broad and innovative creative curriculum encouraging active learning both within our bright and stimulating classrooms and outdoors in the school grounds. In addition to traditional class teaching the children enjoy specialist input for Music, PE, ICT, French and Learning Development. Swimming lessons are introduced in Year 1 at the local pool and children enjoy the fun of our own open air pool during the summer months.

We believe our broad and balanced curriculum provides rich learning opportunities for all children, with an emphasis on exploration, enquiry, creativity, imagination and independence.

Broadening horizons

Educational visits, workshops and visiting speakers are key to our ‘hands on’, practical approach to learning and help to open up the ‘Big Curriculum’. We run a varied and exciting after school clubs as well as 'Mini Winnies Plus' (4.45-6.30pm) where children will be provided with tea between 5-5.30pm.

We immerse ourselves in whole Pre-Prep topic and the children follow the Winchester House Way which outlines the Pre-Prep expectations and encourages the children to always be their best self.

Building confidence

Our aim is for all children to discover their area of talent, build self-confidence and achieve their potential. A wide variety of teaching styles are used and children soon become confident users of technology of all kinds. Participation in assemblies, plays, sports day, musical and creative events allow all children the opportunity to grow and shine.

Celebrating achievement

Relationships between staff and children foster trust and respect. Self-confidence and the courage to make the most of opportunities are nurtured and the celebration of children’s achievements is a key part of our approach throughout Pre-Prep. Regular assemblies celebrate individual and group achievements in addition to looking at moral and religious aspects of life. Weekly Personal, Social and Health Environment lessons (PSHE) and circle time activities help children build confidence with social skills and encourage them to acknowledge each other’s success. The children follow the Winchester House Way which outlines the Pre-Prep expectations and encourages the children to always be their best self.