Prep School (ages 4-11)
The children in our Infant school are taught in small classes with each class having a class teacher and a highly qualified teaching assistant or nursery nurse. Our staff recognise the importance of acting as a consistent, positive role model for our children in order to help them become confident individuals.
All pupils have daily maths, English and reading lessons. They are also taught about personal, social and health education, religious studies, art, design technology, science, the world around us and pupils in Year 2 begin to study a foreign language.
The curriculum for the children in the Infants is enhanced by the contribution of subject specialist teachers in: computer science, music, PE and swimming. They are also taken into our beautiful woodland area to participate in Forest School with our Level 3 Forest Leader.
At Hulme we understand the importance of giving children a wide range of experiences in order to fully support their personal and academic growth. Pupils in the Infants are able to take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities such as: speech and drama, dance, rugby, football, gymnastics, choir and yoga and also have the option of playing a musical instrument in Year 2.
We are skilled in working in partnership with parents and children. Parents will receive formal feedback about their child’s progress on a half termly basis either via parents’ evening or through a written report but staff are also contactable on a daily basis should there be a need to talk.
In 2019 we were inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and were found to be an ‘excellent’ school, their highest rating. Here are some of the comments that the inspectors made:
- Pupils achieve highly in a wide range of academic and other areas such as sports, music, drama and outdoor pursuits.
- Pupils have high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence and are prepared well for the next stages of their education.
- Pupils of all ages demonstrate excellent communication skills; from an early age they listen carefully to one another and articulate their thoughts expertly.
But don’t just take their word for it, we’d be delighted to show you what we can offer you and your child. Please contact email@example.com to book a personal tour and meet the team.
In the Junior department we have high expectations of all of our children, both academically and socially. Through a wide range of opportunities we focus on supporting all children to fulfil their potential and thrive in school. Teachers regularly plan trips to further enhance the curriculum and bring learning to life for the children. We feel it is very important that children are responsible for their own learning and as such, we are proud to have an active school council as well as ‘digital leaders’ in each junior class.
Again, small classes enable teachers to get to know their children well and offer individual care and support.
We encourage the children to have many interests by providing them with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs like netball, speech and drama, chess, fencing, speed stacking, ‘Countdown’, hockey and swimming to name but a few. The Junior children have the opportunity to learn to play a wide range of musical instruments with specialist peripatetic music teachers. We celebrate our children’s achievements in and out of the classroom in our weekly celebration assemblies and in our school twitter feed @OHGSPrep. We have Christmas, Spring and Summer concerts, when children get the opportunity to perform on the stage and further develop their self confidence.
We follow the National Curriculum and assess the children using age related standardised scores. Our children do not do the SATs tests at the end of year 6, but they do sit the entrance exam in January in year 6 for our senior school. Children are taught by primary specialists for Maths, English, PSHE and Humanities to ensure continuity in their pastoral care. They are taught by subject specialist teachers for PE, Music, Science (Y5-6), Art/ DT and Languages. In Year 5 and 6, our children use senior school facilities for Science and Art. All of our children use the school swimming pool for swimming lessons, and the school’s sports facilities for Games and PE as appropriate.