Pre Prep


Welcome to Oakwood

In the Oakwood School Pre-Prep department, we aim to give every child the very best start to his or her education. Located in a secure environment within the School, Pre-Prep pupils enjoy the use of the vast grounds and facilities including the indoor swimming pool, the sports hall, the performance hall, the dance studio, tennis courts and the surrounding woodland. The winning combination of experienced, committed staff and small class sizes, creates a friendly and stimulating environment in which pupils lay down firm foundations in all areas of the curriculum, on which they can build in future years.

From the start of their school career, children are supported as individuals - developing at their own pace, nurtured and supported by caring, professional staff. We are structured in such a way as to enable all children to fulfil their potential within a positive, happy and secure environment.

The teaching ethos in both  ‘Little Oaks’ (Nursery and Kindergarten) and throughout the Pre-Prep department is varied and practical. Children are encouraged to explore, question and enjoy their learning. Spacious classrooms offer a wide range of exciting learning areas including a dedicated story and role play corner, literacy and numeracy zones, an IT bay and areas for investigative and imaginative challenges. The classrooms have interactive whiteboards, tablets and static computers accessible to all children. The extensive grounds and woods allow our ‘Indoor / Outdoor Learning’ taking Forest Schooling and animal care into our own site.

Early Years teachers observe, nurture, extend and develop children in their first learning experiences. This enables teachers to prepare a detailed profile of each child which forms the basis of their future learning.

The staff plan a structured but flexible programme of play and work activities which encompass the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

Children are placed in mixed ability in class sizes of no more than 19, supervised by a teacher or key person and teaching assistant. We provide a broad curriculum with French, Music and Sport taught by specialist teachers. Promoting the self-confidence and self-esteem of our children within a happy and caring atmosphere is central to the teaching and learning in our Pre-Prep.

We take full advantage of our extensive play areas and use them daily both recreationally and as part of the curriculum. Facilities in the Pre-Prep, combined with the availability of the main school campus on the same site, open a wide range of opportunities for our youngest pupils.

We enjoy numerous educational outings to enrich learning during the school year and offer many after-school clubs and activities to appeal to a variety of interests. We regularly visit the Beach to undertake ‘Beach Schooling’ to take the learning even further into the local community.

So what makes us special

Our strong school values underpin all that we do in the Pre-Prep.  We teach our children to be kind, considerate and respectful, both of themselves and to each other.  Our aim is to un-tap the full potential in each and every child, celebrating diversity and seeking to view each child as an individual. Our curriculum has been devised as one that is broad, well-balanced and creative ensuring everyone succeeds in something.  

We firmly believe in positivity in the Pre-Prep.  We recognise that children who feel confident in themselves, and in their own ability, have a head start to learning.  All the children are valued as individuals and are encouraged to explore their gifts and strengths in order to achieve their full potential. We can do, we can try, and we will have a go! We have created an atmosphere where it is safe for children to experiment without fear of failure, this is the foundation for nurturing a real love of learning…

A warm welcome awaits you…