School Life South Kensington

Our Prep School is currently comprised of students in Years 3-7.

As many of our students may be studying outside of their usual year group, or demonstrate skills and needs both above and below their chronological ages, our classes will often consist of mixed ages and classes are structured to ensure appropriate academic and social groupings.

The National Curriculum is taught across the school, and is enhanced by the teaching of Life Skills, Social Skills, Wellbeing, Enrichment, PATHS and PSHE.

All classes have a teacher and teaching assistant, and many lessons are led or supported by our members of our therapy team.  The teaching style is multi-sensory and the school day is organised around a regular routine, with plenty of opportunity for outdoor time, access to the arts, the opportunity to perform and to take part in sports and fitness activities.

The School Day

School opens at 8.30am, and lessons are from 8.45am-3.30pm. There are 6 full lessons in the day, with core subjects being taught in the morning.

Each day starts with a 20 minute Wellbeing lesson or activity, in which all staff and students participate to positively prepare them for the day. Students participate in a minimum of three Enrichment Lessons a week (last lesson of the day).

Break and lunch times are structured and supervised and students have a variety of activities to participate in, both on site, as well as in the Royal Parks.

Our home-cooked, diet-friendly, organic lunch hall keeps the pupils healthy. Our dedicated chef cooks in a gluten-free and allergy-friendly environment, providing nutritious and familiar food so that children can enjoy their meal times and have the right nutrition for learning

Education Outside the Classroom

We make full use of our central London location to enhance our students’ learning experiences through regular school trips, such as museums, exhibitions, productions and music events. Guest speakers and workshops are held at school throughout the year in line with what the students are learning.

Outdoor education and activities are run in the summer term, with a residential trip held annually for our older students.

Home/School Partnership

We offer a supportive and close knit community. Staff are in regular formal and informal contact with all families, and there are regular information evenings and workshops on offer for parents and carers to attend.

The Parents’ Association is very strong and an integral part of our school community.  They meet regularly with each other and work closely with the Headteacher and other staff to support and enhance the schooling experience for all of our students.