Northfields Prep School is a busy, happy learning environment. Dynamic staff who are committed to the development of each individual student ensure success for every child. We hold on to traditional values and expectations which we feel are extremely important in the rapidly changing and challenging world of today. We also encourage students to make the very best of the talents they have.
Objectives and Challenges
The curriculum is challenging and varied with the aim of engaging our pupils to develop a desire to learn and inquire. The academic curriculum includes English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, ICT, Art and Design, Music, Drama, Citizenship and Culture, Physical Education and PSHE.
The Academic Programme
Year 5 and 6
At the Prep School we firmly believe in offering a broad, balanced and varied curriculum where particular talents can be nurtured and grown. The English National Curriculum is the basis for our teaching and learning. Students are taught in mixed ability classes, except for french. Small classes sizes allow us to cover topics in depth. Our specialist teachers are committed to ensuring excellent standards and continuity of learning throughout the stages of education at Northfields. Last year we put on two drama productions, held six interhouse sports tournaments, and participated in interhouse Spelling Bee and Public Speaking competitions.
Year 7 and 8
In Year 7 and 8 the academic rigour continues with students ensuring fundamental skills are mastered and more difficult concepts are introduced. Students move around the school from room to room and are taught by specialists in all subjects. The first steps along the way to IGCSE qualifications are put in place and students begin to learn in a more independent manner.
Pupil progress across the Prep School is monitored closely by the Class Teacher or Form Tutor and the Head of School. Informal and formal tests will take place throughout the year. Teaching staff will liaise closely with the pastoral team, highlighting the strengths of individual children so that they have the opportunity to nurture and develop their skills and passions in particular areas.