Open Days and Visits
A chance to experience life at St Andrew’s Prep
Ordinarily, visiting a school is about the people; chatting to the children and trying to envisage your child amongst their peer group. You would also want to get a feel for the teachers who will be leading and looking after your child.
Currently, while you might not be able to get that fully immersive experience, we still very much want to virtually ‘meet’ you and will then, subject to government guidelines, invite you on to the school site. Therefore, in the first instance, please do get in touch so that we can set up a video call with our Registrar, Catherina Ashford, and the Headmaster, Gareth Jones. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01323 744820.
To help you visualise our outstanding school, we have grouped a number of films together so that you can see for yourself what a happy, community-led school St Andrew’s Prep is with its philosophy of educating the whole child. We hope the pages of our website will also provide you with much of the information you are looking for.
Open Mornings are held regularly throughout the year.
Our next Open Mornings for Nursery, Pre-Prep and the Prep School is scheduled on-site for:
Friday 23 and Saturday 24 April 2021, 9.30am to 12 noon
Subject to government guidelines at the time, we would most certainly encourage parents to arrange taster days for their children. Children experience a full day in the classroom and sample a typical lunch at St Andrew’s Prep. Some children will benefit from more than one taster day prior to entry to ensure a smooth transition and we are very happy to support this.
Taster days offer children the opportunity to get to know pupils in their year group and experience a normal school day. We are very flexible and your child is invited to come on a day when their favourite lesson is on the timetable, whether it be science, sport, music, art or drama.
On the day, your child will be allocated a ‘buddy’ (which often expands to two or three buddies!). Your child’s buddy will stay with them all day, playing with them during break times and guiding them between lessons around the school. Taster day buddies can become the first of many life-long friends your child will make once they join us.
Children may attend taster days in the Pre-Prep and Prep departments at any point during the school year. We also offer taster sessions to children aged 9 months to 4 years old for the Nursery. The sessions give children the opportunity to get to know the staff and other children and explore some of the activities and specialist lessons on offer, while accessing some areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. Parents may stay with their child during these taster sessions until they feel their child has settled in. Prior to a child joining the Nursery, we offer two two-hour settling in periods, free of charge, to ensure children feel safe and secure.
For more information about arranging taster and settling-in sessions, please contact the Registrar who can help choose a day that would most suit you and your child on 01323 744820 or by email at: email@example.com.