Prep School (age 7-11)

The move to the Prep School offers the opportunity of more specialist subject teachers and a focus on preparation for Entrance examinations, Common Entrance, Scholarships and life beyond. The Prep School at Prince’s Mead develops the potential in each and every child and prepares them to move confidently on to their chosen senior school.

Children in Years 3 to 6 play in competitive fixtures with other schools as part of the sports curriculum on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons.  Off the sports field, the range of competitive fixtures extend to chess tournaments, sailing regattas and gymnastics competitions.

The children in the Prep School develop music and drama skills and have the opportunity to represent the School in concerts, festivals and competitions.  A production for our eldest pupils in the Summer Term provides an excellent culminating point to their creative journey through the School.

Children in Years 5 and 6 are taught in state of the art classrooms housed in our new building that opened in September 2019.  This is just one way in which we help to build their independence, equipping them to successfully transition to their chosen Senior School.

Prince’s Mead will work with parents to help them identify the appropriate Senior School for their child and we have an enviable record of the children being accepted into their first choice schools, many with scholarships.

Strong pastoral care continues throughout the Prep School.  While the whole staff at Prince’s Mead care for the children a full-time Matron, Head of Pastoral Care, Head of PHSEE, and Head of Girls’ Welfare provide specific support when it is needed.

Children at Prince’s Mead are valued and respected and the staff listen and question them effectively.  In Year 6 pupils are invited to become part of the School Council and take on a number of other responsibilities.

The range of extra-curricular opportunities increases in the Prep School, with children being able to participate in activities such as fly-fishing, dance, karate and off-road cycling, to name just a few.  Our unique bus service continues to dove-tail with the after-school clubs so that children have the same fantastic bus service whether they go home straight after school or after a club.