Welcome to Blue Coat’s Pre-Prep!

The Pre-Prep Department looks after children aged 3 to 7 years beginning with entry to Transition at the age of 3 years.  We have two Pre-Prep buildings which benefit from a library, gymnasium, music and ICT room.  Mrs Arch, Pre-Prep Secretary, is always on hand to help parents with queries and acts as a direct point of contact in addition to the Main Reception.

At The Blue Coat School, Pre-Prep children are given as many opportunities as possible to develop a broad range of hobbies and interests. These activities are run after school and current activities include:

Transition (3 – 4 years)

Children move up from Buttons Nursery in the September following their 3rd birthday to join our Transition classes. In addition, we welcome many new children from other settings.  We have three classes of 20 children with an almost equal split of boys and girls.  The children wear the school uniform for the first time and are always very excited to be joining ‘big school’!

Children can start part-time, five mornings a week, but all pupils are expected to move to full-time by the Trinity Term (Summer). This helps to prepare them for the move to Reception a few months later.

Reception (4 – 5 years)

The children move up to Reception following their 4th birthday. With only a few exceptions, all our pupils continue their Blue Coat journey and therefore places at this age group are very limited. Please register your child for entry to Transition to avoid disappointment.

The children continue to be taught by a Class Teacher who is supported by a Classroom Assistant.

Year One (5 – 6 years)

The school day becomes more structured and the children start to be taught specific subjects. They are encouraged to explore and find out things for themselves. In addition to the Class Teacher they will be taught by specialist teachers for some lessons such as Music, PE, Swimming and Games.

Year Two (6 – 7 years)

In Year 2 the work the children are challenged further as they are prepared for the transfer to Prep. They are encouraged to become more independent and they learn to organise themselves and their belongings.

In the Lent Term the children are assessed for entry to Prep and at this time they will be considered for the 7+ Scholarships. The excitement about the transfer to Prep begins to grow as they find out which Prep House they will be joining and start to spend a little time with the older children and Prep staff.