Frequently Asked Questions
On this page you will find a list of questions asked frequently by prospective parents which we hope you will find useful. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.
What age can my child start?
Your child may start in our Reception class from 4 years old. To ensure a smooth transition to school, there are a number of taster days activities in which the children can become involved such as an afternoon Forest School session and a morning spent at school with their new class teacher.
Does my child have to start at the beginning of the Academic Year?
Although the majority of children do join at the start of the academic year we do understand that a change of house or other circumstances can mean that a family may not be in a position to join us until later on in the year. Therefore, children are welcome to join us at any time during the year.
What time does school start and finish?
We have a breakfast club which runs from 08.00. The school gates open at 08.15 in readiness for registration at 08.25. Lessons begin at 08.30. The school day for children in Reception to Year 2 finishes at 15.30 and, for children in Year 3 and above, 15.50. There is a variety of after school clubs and activities for parents to choose from. After school care is available daily until 18.00.
What are the class sizes?
Wandsworth Prep offers small class sizes to ensure that each child receives high quality individual care. We have a maximum class size of 18. In Reception to Year 2, children are taught by a class teacher with the support of a teaching assistant.
Do most children live locally?
We are a local school. Our children come from the local area either within walking distance or a short car journey away.
How much Prep will my child have?
Our School day is busy and productive and homework is normally used to reinforce material already learned in class. In their early years, the focus will be on reading and by Year 2 spellings and some practical maths activities will be included. During Years 3 and 4 reading, spellings, times-tables and an English activity are the general requirements. More structured homework can be expected in Years 5 and 6 where children begin to prepare for 11+ exams. Find out about our 11+ preparation and support.
Do children learn another language?
All our children learn Spanish as part of the curriculum from Reception to Year 6 with French taught from Years 2 to 6. Languages are taught by a specialist Modern Foreign languages teacher.
Pupils aged between 6 and 11, whose mother tongue is French, have the opportunity to follow both the French and the English curriculum alongside one another. We do this by offering the CNED programme; a well-established programme validated by the French Ministry of Education to provide a French educational standard for students living overseas. Find out more here.
I would like my child to have additional instrument tuition. Can you arrange this?
In addition to class music lessons, we also have a team of dedicated peripatetic teachers to take individual lessons. Tuition is arranged through the music department. Children can be entered for examinations set by the Royal Schools of Music. There are also opportunities for children to perform at music recitals and concerts.
Which sports do the children learn?
From entry to the school in Reception, children benefit from specialist teaching in Physical Education. Our curriculum encompasses gymnastics, swimming, athletics, team-games, cross country, tennis and dance. Fixtures against other schools take place during games afternoons and are published in advance in the termly calendar. As we are part of a wider group of schools, children first experience the opportunity to represent the school in Year 1.
How do you stimulate children who are able and talented?
Our small class sizes allow us to challenge and support children as necessary and those who have been identified as able and talented are given opportunities within all subject areas and through extra-curricular activities to use and develop their gifts and talents to fulfil their potential.
How do we communicate with parents?
We have an open door policy whereby parents may meet, e-mail or talk by telephone to teachers in order to discuss day-to-day concerns and their child’s progress. In addition we offer a weekly newsletter which details key dates and further details such as fixtures or events. A fortnightly i-letter allows parents to keep up-to-date with events and their child’s learning. More formal feedback is given through parents’ evenings and detailed, written reports.
How are new children helped to integrate?
We pride ourselves on enabling children to settle in quickly to our school. Before joining the school, each child spends a day with their new class; this is a chance to become familiar with new routines, meet new teachers and forge friendships with peers. Each child is assigned a buddy to take care of them during their first few weeks of school and there is regular contact between parents and their child’s Class Teacher. Read our Top 10 Tips to Help Your Child Settle into a New School.
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