The core school day is from 8.25am to 4.10pm, however we provide parents an opportunity to extend the day by offering a breakfast club, a huge variety of after-school clubs including childcare options and a unique and flexible transport service.
The Enrichment Programme at Prince’s Mead is very popular and offers a wide range of clubs that the children can participate in. Fly-fishing, karate, sailing, cookery and outdoor adventures are just a few examples. For those younger children who prefer to just chill-out or for older children who would like to complete their homework we also run crèche and prep clubs.
Children in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to develop new skills and hobbies during ‘Carousel’. Many different teachers are involved in the implementation of this programme; there is something for everyone – indoor and outdoor activities, IT, Musical, Creative and Academic as well as the inevitable sporting options. It is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to see their teachers in a different light and also for the pupils to acquire skills and interests in areas which are not included in the traditional school curriculum.
We strongly believe that our pupils need to be prepared for a world which is changing rapidly. Many of the jobs they will have when they leave school do not yet exist and they will no doubt have several jobs during their lifetime. They need to have the skills and attitudes to cope with an unpredictable future, to be able to deal with setbacks and disappointments in a positive way, and to continue to learn for the rest of their lives.
The groups will have to plan carefully, think SMART and develop their businesses over the course of the Spring Term, once exams are all over, in order to be ready to sell their final ‘product’ at an Easter Fair.
With all of this in mind, the Year 6 pupils will embark on their very own enterprise adventure. Following an Apprentice-like theme, the children will work in small groups to devise a business model for a service or saleable product, with the aim being to ‘grow’ their starting assets of £10.00 per pupil into a sizeable profit. Each group will consist of distinct roles, from ‘Advertiser’ to ‘Accountant’ therefore the children will have to think carefully about where their strengths may lie. No pupil will be fired during the process!
The Enterprise Project encourages all young people to learn and develop in a way that meets their needs and develops vital skills for learning, life and work. It also teaches them the true value of money and the art of working together as a team to achieve a common goal.
ISI Inspection Report – March 2016: ‘Pupils benefit from many opportunities for challenge, and an enterprise scheme for Year 6 fosters additional entrepreneurial skills.’