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Little Court is our pre-prep department, housed in its own dedicated building, but very much an integral part of the school. Taught in small classes by experienced teachers and qualified teaching assistants; it is here where our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children make huge progress.

We offer a rich learning environment and lay strong foundations at the start of each child’s educational career. Progress is closely monitored, and teaching is tailored so that every child can achieve their true potential.

Little Court is happy, purposeful, and friendly. Parents find it a welcoming environment, and somewhere they feel their child is supported, encouraged, and cherished. We build excellent working partnerships between pupils and their teachers, with mutual respect at the heart of our ethos. We know the children well, supervising them both in and out of the classroom, ensuring that any potential issues are quickly addressed. We have an open-door policy that enables parents to share family news, concerns, or success stories.

The Reception team at Little Court provides a stimulating, active and enthusiastic approach to the children’s learning, using the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Strong, Personal, Social and Emotional Development is embedded in everything we do as we believe that each child can only thrive when they feel secure and happy. We support and guide our children in making the right choices; we promote and encourage independent thinking and help them build resilience; take risks, and learn from their mistakes. We make detailed observations and assessments of all the children, and share this knowledge with the parents using Tapestry, an electronic communication forum used to maintain a high level of interactive feedback and communication between parents and staff.

In Little Court, our children learn to read and write. Teachers hear them read individually every day. By Year 2, they can tackle complex Mathematics. Awe and wonder form the cornerstone of our teaching in Humanities and Science. Pupils are encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively to develop their communication, social and emotional skills, as well as their personal learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Specialist teachers deliver weekly lessons in French, music, dance, swimming, Food Technology, Art and games. Utilising the prep school’s resources and specialist teachers helps children to familiarise themselves with the rest of the school and ensures that they are already settled into school life when they move up to Year 3.

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