The Curriculum Overview
We provide a high quality of learning through a blend of traditional and modern methods, which stimulate a love of learning and allow pupils to progress and achieve their full potential. This is achieved through small classes (an optimum of 16 pupils) allowing a strong emphasis to be placed on recognizing and meeting the needs of the individual. Years 3 and 4 build upon the excellent foundation laid by the Pre-Prep department through largely class teacher based learning. A rich and varied curriculum is delivered is underpinned by the importance of the core subjects of English and Mathematics.
Subject specialist teachers are used exclusively from Year 5 upwards and are equipped with the expertise to maximise the potential of each child. This is evidenced in the excellent academic results achieved in Public School Entrance and Scholarship Examinations over many years. We also appreciate that some children need extra support, patience and understanding to ensure that their needs are met. All learning takes place in an atmosphere of praise and encouragement.
The progress of each child is closely and regularly monitored through a variety of continuous assessments in addition to tests and examinations. Parents are informed through formal written reports and meetings, in addition to informal consultations should specific concerns arise.
Here at The Prebendal School we consider the happiness of each child to be of paramount importance. As well as fostering the academic and physical development of the boys and girls we consider their moral, social and spiritual development to be equally as vital. To this end we hope to create a friendly environment where courtesy, kindness and consideration of others are promoted.
In order to achieve these aims we provide various opportunities for the pupils to discuss issues as they arise and also provide education in life skills as part of the offered curriculum.
The form teacher is a regular point of contact for the pupils. They will speak to the children each day, encouraging achievement and praising both good behaviour and hard work. They will be aware of any problems regarding friendships and behaviour.
Heads of Pastoral Issues
The school has two teachers who are responsible for more serious issues relating to pastoral matters. One oversees the juniors (years 3-5) and the other oversees the seniors (years 6-8). These teachers lead a regular weekly assembly and will communicate regularly with the teachers within those year groups.
Each pupil belongs to one of the four houses - Seffrid, Sherborne, Luffa and Neville. Each house is led by a Head of House (staff) along with a team of teachers and there is also a House Captain (pupil). The houses meet for an assembly twice a term and participate in various inter-house competitions throughout the year.
PSHE & Citizenship
All classes have one PSHE and Citizenship lesson each week. The promotion of young people's personal and social development is a fundamental aspect of education. Personal and social development is enhanced as young people develop the skills they need to grow and develop as individuals and members of society. All aspects of a young person's experience at home, in school and out of school contribute to personal and social development. It is a function of all subjects.
PSHE is particularly important in promoting personal and social development because it helps young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves and empathy with others will help them to form and maintain good relationships, and better enjoy their lives.