The following page provides answers to commonly asked questions by prospective Pre-Prep parents

What time does school start and end?

Children can arrive from 08.00 for our Early Birds Club and school starts at 08.45. The school day ends at 15.40 but we run a Late Club until 17.30 for those who need it. This club has a small charge.

Where do I drop off and collect my child?

You can bring your child to the Pre-prep where a familiar staff member will greet you and them. If you arrive after 08.20, you can take your child straight to their classroom. Children are collected from the Conservatory on the ground floor of the Pre-prep at 15.40. If you are collecting from Late Club, you will be directed to the appropriate classroom.

Is there a uniform?

Yes. We are very proud of our uniform, which can be fitted onsite. Please name items carefully as children have a habit of putting things down and forgetting where they are!

What about sport?

The children learn swimming each week during termtime. They also have a Games and PE lesson during the week. Ballet, Horse Riding and After School Sports Clubs can be added, according to your child’s preferences.

With our exceptional grounds and facilities, the children learn the benefits of being outdoors in all weathers, whether they are practising skills or playing.

What is your curriculum like?

We believe that the foundations of learning are laid in the Pre-prep so there is an emphasis on English and mathematical skills. However, we are not bound by the National Curriculum, so the children can explore a wide range of topics, chosen to engage the children in learning. We also know that children learn best when they don’t think they are learning at all – so we spend a lot of time investigating and exploring – often in our wonderful woodlands – laying foundations for scientific and creative discovery, as well as researching mathematics in nature and how the world works.

Are manners important at Polwhele House?

Yes, we prize good manners and showing respect for each other. This is modelled and taught to the children from their earliest days with us.
Personal development is also high on our agenda, so the children take part in drama and learn to answer questions in front of an audience, which helps them grow in confidence.
We’re delighted with the way our young people look after each other and their teachers.

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If you wish to find out more about attending Polwhele House or if you would like to book a school tour, please use the form below and we shall be in contact.

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