Located in its own building with lovely views over the lake, Lower School covers Years 3 and 4. We begin the process of developing your child’s independence and their learning skills. Whilst pupils have their own class tutor who teaches them for most lessons, there are also specialist teachers for Music, Art, Drama, French, Games, PE and Swimming. Lower School has its own library and small computer suite, as well as laptops available to be used during lessons. ICT lessons are run in one of the two excellent computer rooms in the main Cheltenham Prep building.
Lower School is the first time boys get to play rugby, hockey and cricket and girls get to play hockey, netball, tennis and rounders. Everyone gets a chance to play for the school in matches. Pupils may also be involved in athletics competitions or swimming galas.
At play time we have our own playground and pupils are free to run around or play on the fort, which has its own cargo net and mini climbing wall! There is plenty of playtime equipment to stimulate busy imaginations and once a week pupils can bring in a small toy of their own for privilege time.
After school there is a whole range of age appropriate activities. Pupils might want to go skiing or horse riding, play netball or learn circus skills. They may want to make something wonderful in Lego Club or try their hand at archery. Perhaps they’d like to go to karate or improve their chess skills - or just enjoy playing in the swimming pool with their friends. It’s up to them!
Whilst Saturday School is optional in Lower School, most weeks there are sporting fixtures and we encourage everyone to attend. Details about future fixtures are advertised well in advance in the termly calendars and final details sent out on a weekly basis. Pupils are registered and signed out by their team coaches.
Finally, we also have activity days during the Summer Term. In Year 3 pupils get to sleepover in the school for a night, breakfast with the boarders and have a go at various activities such as orienteering. In Year 4 they get a chance to camp out for two nights and try all sorts of activities to develop their bushcraft skills. A definite highlight to the end of their time in Lower School.
Amanda Grieves, Head of Lower School