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Port Regis Pre-Prep is the co-educational nursery and pre-prep department for children aged 3 to 7 and is the first step in a Port Regis education. It shares in all the facilities and wonderful grounds of the Prep school as well as having its own dedicated buildings and purpose built playground, Forest School and Rose Garden.

The Pre-Prep provides a smooth and happy transition from home to school life. Teaching is based on the recognition that every child is unique with varying levels of confidence, abilities and needs. The curriculum is traditional, combined with the best of modern practice and facilities, to lay strong foundations in reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling and handwriting. Creativity is equally as important and art, music, technology and sport feature strongly in the timetable.

Guaranteed small class sizes allow each child to develop their own talents and personalities under the individual attention and guidance of the committed, energetic and enthusiastic staff. Learning needs to be stimulating and in the Pre-Prep the foundations are laid for the Port Regis tradition of combining hard work with fun. Alongside the development of academic skills, children are helped to learn important interpersonal skills such as teamwork, consideration for others and thinking for themselves. High standards of personal behaviour are actively encouraged, with particular importance being placed on kindness and developing happy relationships with their peers.

Children learn best through active, play based and thematic learning opportunities. We aim to instil firm educational foundations on which future learning can develop, whilst offering boarding and deep learning experiences that extend beyond the curriculum. These are enhanced through trips, visitors and hands on practical activities. All children take part in our annual Nativity and Summer Production.

A few sports hobbies are available after school for children in Years 1 and 2 including fencing and tennis. Other hobbies available to children from Reception upwards during the school day include ballet, golf, funky dance, sports club and chess. Hobbies are booked at an additional charge. Children in Years 1 and 2 may also start learning an instrument with specialist teachers.

Children play within the secure purpose built playground or Rose Garden and all enjoy home cooked hot lunches served in the dining room, sitting with an adult to encourage good manners.

After School Club is open to all Pre-Prep children daily from 3.30 – 6.00 with some sporting hobbies also being available to children in Years 1 and 2.

We like to think of the Pre-Prep as being family-orientated and are keen to develop good working relationships with families. Parents are encouraged to share in their children’s learning and be part of the school through class assemblies, Friends of Port Regis social events and daily contact with class teachers.

The Pre-Prep works closely with the Prep school. An admissions policy operates between the two and all pupils are prepared for the move up to the Prep school at the end of Year 2, thus ensuring a smooth transition and consistent education. 

The Head of the Pre-Prep is Ailsa Boardman-Hirst BEd (Hons), MA, EYP, L3 Forest School Leader.


This is a prep school with public-school facilities.
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