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Welcome to PREP

The Prep school is comprised of Years Three to Eight (7 to 13 year olds). There are usually two classes in each year group, consisting of around a dozen pupils in each form. Some subjects are streamed into three sets, for instance Maths throughout the age-range. Spanish is introduced in Year 5 and children choose whether to continue with it or French thereafter; Latin starts in Year 6.


 

Each class has a form tutor. In Years 3 & 4, the tutor delivers a significant share of the timetable. From Year 5, children move around the school more to be taught by subject specialists for every lesson. The form tutor is the first port of call for any enquiry and a key part of our pastoral system.

Distinctively, there are no after school clubs. Instead these are embedded into Monday and Thursday afternoons, giving a better and longer time-slot for a range of over 60 activities, from bushcraft, trampolining and sailing to Russian, sign-language and cookery. These enable us to find something for every child to hang their hat on: the confidence they enjoy here spreads into every area of school life. Equally importantly, they are fun! This injection of variety into the timetable boosts energy levels across the board. For those who choose sporting options (eg. Cross-country, horse-riding, football, martial arts…) it enables them to do Games every day.


Full Lists of activities

Up to one hour (and no more) of homework is set on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Older children have a Friday prep as well. Most children choose to remain at school to complete their prep – there is a snack at 4.45pm, then Prep runs from 5-6pm. However, this is optional and children are welcome to leave at 4.45pm if that is preferred.


 

Structure of the day

Breakfast club / Wrap-around care 7.30 am / 8.00 am
Day Starts / Registration 8.25 am (8.55 am on Saturdays)
Assembly, Chapel or Tutorials 8.35 am – 8.50 am
Lessons 8.50 am – 10.50 am
Break 10.50 am – 11.20 am
Lessons or Games 11.20 am – 12.40 pm
Lunch 12.40 pm – 1.30 pm
Break (musical activities) 1.30 pm – 2.10 pm
Lessons or Games 2.10 pm – 4.45 pm
Activities (Monday and Thursday) 3.30 pm – 4.45 pm
End of School Day (Wednesday 3.45pm) 4.45 pm
Tea / break (for those staying for Prep) 4.45 pm – 5.00 pm
Prep 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Contact us to find out more or to arrange your visit


Contact

View our helpful handbook for Prep school.


PREP HANDBOOK

Beyond Chafyn

We pride ourselves on being a school that doesn’t have a favourite feeder school; rather we aim to help you send your child to a school that suits them, fulfils their needs and plays to the strengths that they have developed at Chafyn.

Most of our pupils leave at 13; they go to a wide range of senior schools – in the last 3 years they have moved on to approximately 30 different senior schools.


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FAQs

ARE THERE LESSONS ON A SATURDAY?

No, we have made the decision that as from September 2021 there will no longer be lessons on a Saturday. We do have matches on occasional Saturdays for our Prep school. In addition, our boarding house is open for boarders and offers an action packed programme throughout the term. 

DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR AN OPEN DAY TO VISIT THE SCHOOL?

No, every day is an ‘Open Day.’ Whilst we operate specific open days each term, we recommend that a visit on any other day probably offers even better insights.

WHAT IF I CAN’T TAKE MY CHILD TO SCHOOL? DO YOU HAVE BUSES?

Yes – details available from the school office and here

CAN MY CHILD COME EARLY OR LEAVE LATE FROM SCHOOL?

Our basic wraparound care runs from 8am till 6pm; it is possible to extend this range as needed (without having to become a boarder)

DO YOU HAVE ENTRY TESTS INTO THE SCHOOL?

No. A discussion with the headmaster before joining helps us ensure that all your child’s needs can be fully met from day one.

DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER FOR MY CHILD TO START AT CHAFYN?

Not at all. Such a decision is always determined by what is best for the child – we prefer children to start with us as soon as possible.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON MY CHILD’S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL?

A peer buddy helps them navigate; you will have been talked through the process well in advance.

IS THERE A PARENTAL NETWORK?

There is a formal system of year group representatives, as well as a series of informal ones too.

WHAT LANGUAGES DO YOU TEACH?

French, Spanish and Latin. others (eg. Russian or Ancient Greek) regularly appear as clubs for different parts of the year.

What are the term dates

Click HERE to view the 2020-2021 term dates.

 

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