Welcome to the Nursery and Pre-Prep


The Pre-Preparatory school at Northbourne Park, known affectionately as The Old Rectory, provides boys and girls from 3-7 years of age with a smooth transition from home as they take their first steps into school life with a warm, homely and relaxed environment in which to learn, play and develop social skills. 

At the Pre-Prep, we celebrate the early years and understand how important it is for each child to learn in a fun, nurturing and positive environment. This is achieved throughout the day as the children experience class, group and individual learning, confidently and quickly getting to know our staff and working with them.

The children are taught in bright and well-resourced classrooms by highly-qualified and experienced staff. The small class sizes and excellent staff to pupil ratios provide the opportunities for the children to achieve excellent progress.

Our beautiful rural setting with plenty of outside space enables us regularly to take our teaching and learning outside the classroom, using the natural environment to encourage and develop children’s understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The children also love playing in the woods, lawns and terraces of the gardens during their morning and lunch-time breaks which encourage imaginative and creative play.

We have high standards and the children want to rise to their individual challenges.  We know that each child is different and that they develop at different rates and small classes allow us to celebrate your child’s individuality, allowing him or her to progress and develop quickly, but at their own pace. 

During Year 2, children are fully prepared for a seamless transition to Year 3 at the Prep School, and equipped with the skills and confidence to springboard into all the challenges that Prep School life affords.

We encourage parental involvement at every stage, whether its helping with journals or homework at home, coming into class regularly to see your child’s work, coming in to talk about your job or interests or just for a reassuring chat.

We believe, as our parents do, that this is the best start to school life, one which ensures that the children build strong foundations to their learning right from the outset and that they become confident and curious learners.

We are very proud of all that we do at the Pre-Prep and would be pleased to show you around. Please contact Emmeline Henderson the Pre-Prep Secretary if you would like to see for yourself all that we offer for your child.  

Gillian Rees, Head of Pre-Prep

Please do read our latest ISI Inspection Report, which highlights why our educational philosophy is 'outstanding'.

The Nursery and Pre-Prep at a glance.

• "Outstanding" Early years inspection report 2010 (see www.isi.net).

• 15 hours a week free education (government funded) in the Nursery Class, from the term following child’s third birthday.

• Child Care Vouchers accepted as payment towards Nursery fees, Breakfast Club, late service charges, holiday activities.

• Wrap-around childcare service available
• Flexible hours in the Nursery
• Small class sizes
• Low child/staff ratios
• School transport from local area
• Well balanced and varied curriculum
• Friendly and homely environment
• Excellent outdoor environment
• Good academic progress
• Highly qualified staff
• Extra individual learning support available
• Healthy good quality food for snacks and lunch
• Parent and Child sessions (0-4 years)