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Prep Department

Welcome to the Prep School. In Year 3 pupils progress to the charm of the old Beveree building where they can experience the delights of well-equipped subject rooms including a fully networked Computing room and a professionally designed and purpose built Science laboratory. Our Music and Art & Design facilities, built in 2012, provide an outstanding addition to our learning facilities. All of our subject rooms have been refurbished with new furniture and ICT facilities to represent the best of modern education practice in our delightfully historical building.

Staff in the Prep are well qualified, highly motivated and enthusiastic about their subjects and their teaching. This means that TPS pupils are encouraged to develop their self-confidence and respect for others in a positive working environment.

There are ten classes in the Prep School with two each in Years 3-6 and single classes of boys taking the Common Entrance syllabus in Year 7 and Year 8. All of our girls leave to go to senior independent schools at the end of Year 6.

Pupils in Year 3 have their own class teacher with subject specialist teaching in Art, French, ICT, Library, Music, Think Tank and PE. From Year 4 pupils follow a secondary-style timetable, visiting specialist teachers for all subjects. They have a tutor whom they see everyday in the morning for registration. This tutor time is a vital part of the day when pupils are given information and assisted to organise themselves for the day ahead. Years 3-8 finish at 4.00pm every day.

We are particularly proud of our all-inclusive approach to sports, plays and music. All pupils take some part in school productions and concerts, and by regularly running B and even C teams everyone has the opportunity to represent TPS in sports fixtures at some time during the season, whatever their ability.


Our Year 7 and Year 8 boys benefit from an additional two years at the school where they are taught in small groups to ensure excellent academic development in a wide variety of subject areas, taught by specialist teachers. This ensures the continuation of success at Common Entrance to the most academic, selective schools in the area.

Pastoral care is an important element of our programme with mixed Year 7-8 tutor groups and many opportunities to develop leadership skills and take responsibility in a wide variety of areas and activities. There is also an emphasis on sport with at least two Games afternoons each week and the opportunity for all boys to represent the school in the major sports of football, rugby and cricket; but also the opportunity to develop skills in activities such as basketball, squash and fitness training.

The Year 7-8 programme is carefully planned to ensure a balance between academic success and extra-curricular opportunities, including a Mandarin experience and a hands-on course developing business and team skills.