Joining Upper Prep (7+)
In the Upper Prep we build rapidly on the experience and learning of earlier years. It is a busy and exciting place with high expectations of the teachers and pupils alike.
Delivered in small classes, our curriculum is broad and balanced, aiming to stimulate our pupils and prepare them for the demands of our Senior School. We take care to identify each child’s individual strengths and any areas which they find a challenge. Each year group has more than one class which allows for plenty of individual attention while giving room for a variety of friendships to emerge.
Specialist teaching in subjects such as modern foreign languages, art and design, music, PE and ICT means that our children gain maximum benefit from the wonderful facilities available. Pupils have a formal timetable for the first time and quickly rise to the challenge of finding the right place, at the right time and with the right books and equipment.
The trust that we place in the children in so many aspects of school life encourages them to develop their personal skills and self-confidence. All children belong to one of our four houses and regularly meet and compete with pride to earn points towards the annual championship. The opportunity to work with and relate to a number of different teachers ensures that no-one is overlooked.
Following on from the formal sports coaching introduced in Year 2, competitive matches against other schools start in Year 3. The number of fixtures increases as the children progress through the Upper Prep. Individual instrument tuition starts in Year 3 - strings tuition is available earlier - and is provided by our team of 16 visiting music teachers. Drama is taught throughout the Upper Prep and culminates in the Year 6 production which is supported by our popular Junior and Senior Choirs.
Many visitors comment on the warmth of the relationships between the children and staff which develop both in the classroom and elsewhere: in our extensive range of extra-curricular activities, at sports matches and during the optional residential trips that start in Year 3.
Kim Club is an important part of our school community and extends the day, opening at 7.45am and finishing at 6pm. Most of our families use Kim Club on a regular or ad hoc basis. Our coach system is used exclusively by Kimbolton pupils and is used by all ages of children.