Welcome to our Prep School

We try to nurture in every child a real sense of pride in themselves and in their school.

From the moment you and your child walk into Shebbear College Prep School, you will appreciate what a friendly and welcoming place it is. We pride ourselves on our outstanding pastoral care with our nurturing and supportive staff playing a crucial part in developing this at the very start of a child’s time at school.

We want all our pupils to feel secure and happy here and believe that this is so important in helping them to develop into confident and enthusiastic learners. We celebrate the individuality of our pupils and look to encourage them to pursue their strengths, to work hard at the things that don’t come so easily and to take on many new and exciting challenges.

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We try to nurture in every child a real sense of pride in themselves and in their school. People often comment on how polite, well-mannered and eager to please our pupils are, and we believe that if our children are proud of their school and their place within it, they will get the best out of every opportunity they are presented with.

We also believe in developing a strong sense of togetherness and teamwork and always encourage our pupils to respect others and to support each other in all they do.

As you look at the different aspects of teaching and learning within both the Pre-Prep and Prep School you will see that we provide a rich and diverse curriculum for all our pupils. This curriculum is enriched further by a range of educational visits; giving our pupils first hand experiences and making their learning more relevant and real. We also make use of the extensive grounds and wonderful facilities we have at our doorstep, and employ a number of subject specialists from within the Senior School to deliver our Prep School curriculum. As a result, our pupils benefit directly from their expertise, their passion for the subjects they teach and the numerous resources they have at their disposal.

As a staff we are also committed to encouraging all of our parents to become as involved as possible in the life of the Prep School, so that the ‘family feel’ continues to remain central to all we do and all we are. To promote this, we try to ensure that there is effective communication between school and home, regarding all aspects of school life and that all the staff make themselves available to discuss concerns and issues relating to the children at any time.

We are very proud of our Prep School and the part in plays in the life of the College as a whole. However, we don’t wish to rest on our laurels. Instead we are always looking for ways to build on what we already offer here and strive to improve the quality of teaching and learning that takes place.

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Pre-School and Reception

Our fantastic Early Years facility offers a colourful, vibrant environment for both Pre-School and Reception children to thrive and learn, with a separate classroom for the Reception Class. We regularly take them to visit departments in the Senior School where they are able to interact with our older pupils and take part in exciting activities. They enjoy weekly Forest School type activities in our woodland areas and regular trips to local attractions as well as visits from interesting guests!

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Pre-Prep – Years 1 & 2

In the Pre-Prep department, our small class sizes ensure that a tremendous amount of time and attention is paid to every individual child, creating a nurturing and supportive environment, putting the necessary building blocks in place and enabling each pupil to move forward at their own pace. Our friendly home-from-home setting ensures that our pupils are happy at school and eager to learn, giving them the best possible start in their education.

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Year 3

Class sizes remain small in Year 3, meaning that the individual attention that starts in the Pre-Prep continues into Key Stage 2. Our class teachers will nurture the confidence and abilities of even the quietest or shyest child, focusing on their strengths and encouraging them every step of the way.

Emphasis is placed on being creative and developing imagination. We encourage children to share their ideas and to discuss things with each other, giving them the confidence to express their ideas and opinions and not be afraid to speak their minds. Teamwork remains a key element in our pupils’ learning throughout Year 3  and we focus on building confidence and self-esteem with a ‘can-do’ attitude.

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Year 4

In Year 4 we continue to build upon the concepts and strategies learnt in previous year groups and encourage whole class, group and independent learning. As ever, we strive to make lessons fun so that every pupil feels confident and eager to learn.

We want all our pupils to develop into flexible and independent learners. Our Literacy lessons have many formal elements with spelling, grammar and comprehension and we encourage exploration of these elements within creative work and by studying a variety of literature. In Maths we work on building a confidence with numbers, developing the ability to work with numbers confidently and quickly and putting an emphasis on developing mental maths skills.

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Year 5

In Year 5 pupils are taught by their class teacher for English, Maths, Science, Art and Humanities. Other specialist teachers cover subjects such as French, Music, ICT, PE and Games.

We continue to build on all the hard work and input from the previous years, encouraging the children to develop greater independence by presenting them with a range of investigations and problem-solving activities.

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Year 6

In Year 6 children are taught by specialist teachers for the majority of their lessons, including Maths, which ensures a seamless transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 and into the Senior School. We continue to emphasise the importance of building confidence and independence in all subjects.

In Year 6, and throughout the Prep School, high standards of teaching and learning are planned for and implemented, with our experienced staff adopting different approaches and using a range of resources to enable every child, whatever their ability, to make accelerated progress. At the same time, we aim to develop pupils’ independence, equipping them with the skills necessary to make choices for themselves and giving them the confidence to back their own judgement, without fear of getting things wrong.

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