Preparatory School

Introduction to our Pre-Prep and Preparatory School

Highclare’s two junior schools, Highclare Preparatory School: Woodfield and Highclare Preparatory School: St Paul’s, both in Sutton Coldfield, cater for children from aged two in the pre-prep up to 11 in the preparatory school, before they move onto the Highclare Senior School.

At both, we have created an environment where children can thrive in all aspects of their education and development. Our staff consists of passionate educators, caring professionals and coaches who are as committed to your child’s development as you are. The happy, family atmosphere at both locations complement the varied and well-balanced curriculum and extra-curriculum provided for each child.

Our size means each pupil receives individual attention, with the curriculum tailored to their needs and each child’s development closely monitored – there are normally no more than 22 pupils in one class.

We aim to help our children develop into individuals who have the confidence, self-reliance and abilities to achieve success in all that they do and according to their talents.

All pupils are encouraged to get involved in the wider life of Highclare Preparatory School, according to their own interests and potential. Music and sports are popular activities, with peripatetic music lessons available in a wide range of instruments.

Physical Education at Highclare Preparatory School provides an introduction to the major sports of football, netball, tag rugby, rugby, rounders, athletics and cricket, plus dance and regular swimming.

Year 5 and 6 pupils are given the opportunity to attend a residential trip to build self-confidence and encourage teamwork.

We encourage strong links with the Senior School and our children benefit not only from the excellent facilities available, but also from specialist teaching in sport, languages, science and music.

We hope that parents will share in this developing journey and we encourage all to become involved in their child’s progress. Communication between home and school is seen as a major strength in our work, and you will always be welcome to join us.

We regularly have Parents’ Evenings, parent workshops and assemblies so that each parent can join in the family atmosphere of the school. We also have an open door policy to ensure that parents forge strong links with the school.

Assessment and sharing progress with parents is an important part of Highclare’s ethos of education. Pupils are monitored from when they enter the school through testing using the Curriculum, Evaluation and Management (CEM) system from Durham University. Pupils are tested and analysed on an annual basis with regular assessment, both formal and informal, taking place throughout the year, with the information transferred to the senior school, allowing for a smooth transition into the next stage of their school life.