The Prep community glows with enjoyment and warmth and this underpins the high quality relationships that exist between staff and pupils and between pupils.

- ISI Report, December 2010

I was delighted to be appointed as the Head of St. Francis’ College Prep Department in January 2019 and it has been wonderful to join such a happy, vibrant, nurturing and inspiring department.

Our department starts with the youngest in our school as children, aged 3, where they enter Kindergarten to begin their learning journey, ending their journey in Prep VI, aged 11, as we prepare them for the next stage of their education into Senior School.

With a varied and vibrant curriculum, the Prep girls cover all core academic subjects, alongside sport, languages and the arts, so that each girl can experience new opportunities and, therefore, fulfil their potential in all areas of school life.

The importance of providing opportunities to learn and enquire are at the heart of our curriculum and teaching, whether it be in Maths, French, History, Art or Drama and the Prep girls are taught by specialist subject teachers in many areas. There is a terrific and varied programme of clubs that runs during lunch times and after school. We are constantly looking for new ideas to enrich the opportunities available to the girls.

With the Prep Department occupying its own buildings on the College site we have a separate learning environment. Within which we have classrooms, a hall, a library, an IT suite, a playground and a music room, but being part of the bigger St. Francis’ community means we also have access to the College’s theatre, swimming pool, sports facilities and extensive grounds, giving us, I believe, the best of both worlds.

There is something very special here. When you step into the classrooms you can really sense that learning is taking place. This is truly magical and it is such a privilege to see the girls gaining in confidence and knowledge on a daily basis.

If you would like to come and have a tour of the Prep Department then please do get in touch with us. I would be delighted to show you the love for learning, the thirst for knowledge and the enjoyment of enquiry that is the essence of life in the Prep.

Mr Colin Mannall, Head of the Prep Department


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