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Education at Frewen Prep

An enriched Prep education that aims to achieve deeply embedded learning.

Prep school pupils enjoy a broad and enriched curriculum that aims to achieve deeply embedded learning. Staff focus on individual Provision Maps for each child, updated termly, and drawing together the expertise of teaching and therapy staff. Class sizes of typically five or six pupils offer personalised learning and 'Quality First' teaching.

Frewen Prep’s exceptional staff, in teaching and vital areas of therapy, co-ordinate their efforts so that children are particularly well supported and enabled to attain their true potential. Pupils benefit from systematic and dedicated daily input of ‘Letters and Sounds’, daily writing opportunities, individual reading each day and a group session of Sound Therapy (helping new neurological pathways to emerge and supporting the ‘thinking and learning process’). Pupils are supported in their learning by 'Cued Articulation'. The core subjects are English, Mathematics, Science and ICT with specialist teachers sharing a passion for their subjects in Music, Science, P.E. and games lessons. Literacy skills are woven into a Creative Curriculum. Pupils are also taught thinking and learning skills which are taught, rehearsed and actively developed so that pupils’ preferred learning styles, strengths and weaknesses can be harnessed and energised. 

Prep teachers offer an exciting balance of cross-curricular topics, themes and skills –crucially helping boys and girls to make sense of their learning and knowledge –inspiring pupils to apply these with growing confidence, and fostering a natural curiosity for independent learning. For example, innovative opportunities for developing writing skills (such as poetry, descriptive writing and letter writing) are interwoven with ‘Humanities’ and excitement, as pupils are engaged by artefacts that they find in Frewen's woodlands!

Pupils happily explore and include appropriate use of ICT in their learning such as when using laptop computers, various programmes for a wide range of subjects in our ICT suite, through virtual learning environments and interactive whiteboards, gaining touch-typing skills and with cameras.

Frewen Prep pupils are taught in small groups and with an excellent range of custom built facilities such as spacious and creative classrooms, well-equipped therapy rooms, a pottery studio, a food technology room and prep therapists’ training room. Pupils enjoy weekly choir practice and class music lessons with many choosing to play a musical instrument under the tuition of expert, visiting peripatetic staff.

Sport plays a key role in pupils’ personal development and is provided by specialist P.E. and games staff. Frewen Prep pupils participate in local prep and primary sporting events such as challenging cross-country races, hosted amongst Frewen College’s sixty acres, and wonderful grounds. We encourage children to give of their best in all that they do – including sports – so that our weekly Mandeville P.E. Award recognises extra special effort in P.E. and games lessons.

Assessment of pupils’ learning is a continuous process. For instance in one aspect of our creative curriculum, children compile huge and detailed project books each term, taking a pride in their work, so that invaluable progress is evident. Teachers seek to recognise and praise children’s achievements whilst aware that self-criticism and self-assessment are key aspects of becoming an independent learner. ‘Step by step’ improvements are celebrated and ‘next steps’ are discussed alongside targets for areas of improvement. Frewen Prep pupils are expertly taught and are helped to manage their disappointments and mistakes too (as constructive and helpful steps along the path to deep, embedded learning) with consistent guidelines and friendly feedback. Importantly, observations and reflection from pupils, teachers, teaching assistants and therapists are regularly shared and valued with parents, so that effective communication and teamwork builds pupils’ well-deserved successes.

Information from termly assessments is written into pupils’ individual ‘provision maps’ to inform the teachers’ future planning. Pupils are increasingly involved in reviewing how well they are doing. The pupils make good progress from their given starting points. The school has recognised that best progress is made by pupils who join the school at younger ages.’

Frewen College, Independent School Standard Inspection Report. May 2012.