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About Prep School

Our Prep School pupils are urged to think for themselves and to be inquisitive about the world in which they live. We cherish their natural curiosity and do our utmost to develop their thirst for knowledge through our small classes and broad curriculum.

We strive to develop our pupils’ academic capabilities in every way possible. However, we are equally committed to ensuring that every single member of the Prep School feels supported and cared for – a helping hand is always nearby! As a result, as our Year 6 pupils transition to Year 7, they are equipped, not only with the very firmest of academic foundations, but also with confidence, independence and self-esteem.

Excellent pastoral care

Our Prep School places pastoral care at the heart of everything we do. With small classes and a welcoming, safe environment, we get to know every child. We follow the Emotional Assertiveness programme, which teaches children the importance of respecting their own emotions and those of others. For those times when a child needs some extra support, they are able to visit our ELSA-trained Pastoral Support Assistant, Mrs Lambourne, in The Nest.

By providing a nurturing framework based on individual respect and understanding, Rookwood pupils develop compassion, emotional resilience and a positive sense of community.

pastoral care

Children from Rookwood's Lower School are smiling whilst sat on a bench in the playground surrounded by other children.

Wide range of opportunities

In the Prep School, children have a wide range of opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. Whilst form tutors will oversee the majority of a child’s learning, French, Music and PE are taught by specialist teachers from Reception Class and, by Year 5, children will also have specialist Art, German, DT and Food Technology lessons.

Wraparound care is available from 7.30am through to 5.30pm. Indeed, children can stay even later and join us for supper in the boarding houses. Extracurricular clubs start in Year 1 and cover a wide variety of interests, including sport, computing, music, drama and chess.

school life

Two Rookwood Lower School pupils listening in a science class.