Academic

PRE – PREPARATORY 

“The curriculum is exceptionally broad and balanced. It covers all the early learning goals plus additional activities such as ballet, French and, for reception class children, swimming. ”

School Inspection Service June, 2017

The Pre-Prep school in Marble Arch takes children from 2 to 5 years. It is situated within a few minutes of Hyde Park in a beautiful private garden. It is the perfect location for children to reap all the benefits of indoor and outdoor play: feeling safe, taking risks, gaining self-confidence, learning self-expression and making friends.

We aim for children to be happy and self-assured and they naturally develop a love of learning.

PREPARATORY

The Lower School

Due to popular demand we are opening a second Reception class at Elvaston Place. If you are keen to join us please do get in touch with us today. Email registrar@hydeparkschool.co.uk for more information.

The new reception class will cover the entirety of the EYFS curriculum and the children will be bussed over to join the other Reception class in the Long Garden on a regular basis.

Children move into Form 1 in the September following their fifth birthday.  In Forms 1 and 2 teaching is more formal than in the early years and pupils are expected to focus for longer periods of time. The classrooms are bright, welcoming and well resourced, each with its own computer and interactive whiteboard.  There is also a spacious ballroom, a catalogued library and the school has a set of laptops and ‘LearnPads’ that are used to enhance learning.

The children are taught most subjects by their form teacher but have specialist teachers for Music, French and swimming.  They go to Hyde Park and to Stanhope Gardens for recreation, sport and nature walks.

The Upper School

In the Upper School, we ensure that the children’s education remains wide-ranging, exciting and motivating; we are guided by the entry requirements of London Senior Schools and boarding schools further afield but do not let this restrict the breadth of our curriculum.  Although there is an emphasis on English, mathematics and reasoning, the children are also taught a variety of humanities, arts and sporting subjects, giving everyone a chance to excel.

Parent consultations and written reports are carried out on a termly basis and parents are encouraged to make an appointment to see the class teacher or the head of school whenever they have a concern about their child. Daily message books ensure that lines of communication are clear and the Parent Suggestion box in the hallway is checked on a regular basis.

We see London as an extension to our classroom and our pupils are often out visiting museums, galleries, concert halls or the various parks that are on our doorstep. Wherever possible, the children travel on local transport and enjoy exploring our great city together on well-supervised, carefully risk-assessed trips. The curriculum is also enriched with a number workshops and visiting speakers. These have included members of the police force, road safety experts, authors, inventors and scientists from Imperial College.

 

“Staff make highly effective use of the outdoor provision, including a pond, story circle, sandpit, butterfly and vegetable gardens, to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of thenatural world.”

School Inspection Service June, 2017