In the Upper Prep, there is a convivial atmosphere of friendship and purpose. Our pupils continue their journey of all-round enrichment and learn to think independently so that they are prepared for the move into our Senior years. We build each child’s confidence by giving them a strong academic platform, together with important life skills, that will enable them to grow in self-belief and help them achieve their full potential.
There is a philosophy at Kingswood House of educating the whole child, nurturing confidence and developing self-esteem. Pupils are encouraged to enjoy their learning and develop their skills in a calm environment of intellectual curiosity.
Our teachers are talented, dedicated and caring professionals who bring learning to life and inspire their charges by plentiful use of encouragement and praise. In the spirit of inclusion, children of all abilities are suitably challenged and sensitively supported in their thirst for knowledge.
We believe in small classes, with a maximum number of eighteen pupils, and each year group is typically divided into two or three streams with discrete sets for mathematics. Although the form teacher remains an important influence, and maintains an overview of each child’s academic and pastoral well-being, subject specialists are increasingly introduced from Year 5 onwards.
Our students benefit not only from a great platform of academic study but also an exciting range of extra-curricular opportunity. There are numerous teams and clubs across Art, Drama, Design & Technology, ICT, Music and Sport. Additionally, we pride ourselves upon a wonderful selection of day and residential trips, such as the outward bound trip to Wales, during which time the participants develop key leadership skills and cement a team ethic of mutual trust and respect. There are competitive internal and external scholarships available into Year 7 and Year 9 for suitable candidates.
We are proud that Kingswood House pupils join Upper Prep as children and move on to Senior years as confident, courteous and well-rounded young adults.
Mrs Jackie Jennings, Interim Head of Upper Prep
Pupils in Upper Prep have the opportunity to go on numerous trips including an annual residential trip to outward bound adventure locations, both in Wales and France.