Prep-School pupils in Science class

Prep School

Children enter the Prep School at Oakwood at the age of seven (Year 3) and most significantly, move to subject teaching with specialist teachers across the curriculum, supported by a form teacher. This early level of independence encourages confidence and responsibility and is part of the careful preparation for the move to senior school, wherever that might be.  

The school prides itself on a record of high achievement in National Curriculum and senior school entrance tests. Our pupils almost exclusively gain entry to their first choice of secondary school and consistently achieve scholarships and awards. High academic standards, inspirational teaching and small class sizes enable our pupils to maximise their potential during this key stage.

In the Prep School, children have the opportunity to represent the school in sports teams, plays, choirs and instrumental groups, all of which form part of the Oakwood experience and encourage co-operation and self motivation. Social and emotional development is maximised through involvement with the local community, contribution to school life, positions of responsibility and leadership and whole school projects which allow children of all ages to work together. 

A more extensive programme of visits and residential trips begins in Year 3 and broadens the educational experience of children at Oakwood. All of our pupils embrace such opportunities and for our Year 6 pupils, the week-long French residential experience is a particular highlight of their time at Oakwood. The Oakwood Award Scheme, which begins in Year 3, develops skills for life and allows the opportunity for adventure and discovery. 

Children joining the Prep School in Year 3 are assigned a Year 6 ‘Big Me’ who acts as a mentor and friend. Positive and supportive relationships are actively promoted amongst all members of the Oakwood community, which is a particular strength of the school.  Effective communication and mutual respect are integral parts of this process and involve everyone: pupils, staff and parents.