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The Pre-Prep Department

The co-educational Pre-Prep, Ridge House, is located at the heart of the prep schools with its own garden and play area and access to all the facilities of the senior schools.

The aim of the Pre-Prep is to give children a happy start to school life, to provide opportunity to work and play together in an ordered and happy atmosphere and to foster kindness, good manners and consideration for others. We believe that a thorough grounding in Literacy and Numeracy lays the foundation for a confident and successful school career. Small class sizes ensure the children’s individual abilities are nurtured to the full.


We accept children into the nursery once they are two years old. All children are unique, and some are ready to join their nursery setting earlier than others. Our dedicated staff work closely with our parents to help make the step into school an exciting and calm experience for each child. Sessions are flexible and there is an After School Club available which can look after children until 5.50 p.m. if desired. There is also an early morning breakfast club from 7.30 am.

Nursery and Reception

In the Early Years of Nursery and Reception, we provide a playful, happy experience for our children. We want them to develop important life skills such as confidence, curiosity, creativity, persistence, independence, imagination and resourcefulness. 

The playground, outdoor classroom, and school farm offer numerous opportunities for learning.

The curriculum is designed to include the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) whilst extending each pupil according to his or her own pace of learning and individual development.

Nursery and Reception children also benefit from specialist swimming, PE and Music lessons in the Performing Arts Centre. Other popular activities include Ballet, “Welly Wednesdays” where the children explore the grounds, set up camp, toast marshmallows on a camp fire and drink hot chocolate.

Year 1 (Form 8)

In Year One, the days get a little more formal but are full of fun. We teach the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and the Humanities alongside a wide range of specialist subjects, including Music, PE, French, Art, Drama and ICT. The latter are taught by specialist teachers from the senior school. There are also many optional extra activities such as Judo, Ballet, Ball Skills, and Chess which are taught by specialists.

Regular assessments track the understanding of key concepts ensuring that the pupils are appropriately challenged and supported throughout the year.

Producing happy and confident children who achieve their best is our target for the end of Year One.


'Children in the EYFS progress and achieve at a level significantly above the national average.'

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Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools
Hermitage, Newbury
Berkshire RG18 9UL

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