Prep Overview

A Rounded Education

In the Prep department (Years 3-6) we are nurturing our pupils not only to succeed in their 11+ exams but also with a rounded education. As such children leave Pownall Hall as confident, hard-working, articulate, independent and resilient individuals ready for the exciting challenges that lie ahead.

Specialist subject teaching now extends to all subjects. Experienced and highly qualified subject specialists ensure that children receive the very best of educational provision, and the very best of preparation for the 11+ exam. We encourage pupils’ developing independence by teaching them away from the form room in locations around the site so that they familiarise themselves with the format of senior school life, and importantly, they gain confidence in how to organise their approach to each day.

Our Comprehensive Curriculum

We have a creative and challenging curriculum, utilising the excellent classroom facilities, cutting edge IT provision and the extensive grounds, to that ensure that all of the pupils are extended and challenged to produce of their best.

The co-curricular activities programme captures the imaginations of every boy and girl. We are the keepers of their dreams and provide every opportunity to excel in all areas of school life.

Site based learning is augmented by exciting school trips and residentials including the Year 4 residential to Hartington, the Year 5 residential to Castleton, and the Year 6 residential week in the Isle of Man.

In Year 6, the aim is still to make learning fun and encourage pupils to achieve to their highest potential whilst focusing on preparation for the transition to senior school. Year 6 pupils also enjoy the added responsibilities of being a Prefect; learning to be good role models for our younger children and representing the school at major events and participating in all our services.