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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. We have recently joined the Pre-Senior Bacclaureate (PSB) programme, a very well-regarded curriculum which has at its core a ‘skills’ focus, designed to be in tune with the requirements of the 21st century workplace. Over 50 senior schools formally recognise the PSB and all of our linked senior schools recognise and value the PSB framework, having welcomed children from a number of other local Prep Schools who have studied through the PSB framework. PSB will significantly enhance the curriculum offering for the senior boys and also how they use technology from day to day. The overarching aim of these changes is to provide a greater emphasis on developing skills of independent study, self-organisation and cross-curricular learning, whilst maintaining the high academic standards which are a hallmark of the provision for the boys.


At TPS, we continue to see the vast majority of the boys staying with us through to 13, building on their experiences of personalised learning in a nurturing and aspirational environment. The School strongly advocates the 4-13 model and in recognition of this, we were delighted to open our new building, the Hub@51 in November 2020. The light and modern design includes dedicated space for Art and Design and two brand new classrooms for our Senior Prep pupils, in addition to the Digital Media Suite, complete with Radio Station. The fantastic foundational experience we offer to our senior pupils sets them superbly up for success in their secondary education and far beyond, teaching them study skills, digital literacy and independence, whilst allowing them to develop leadership skills and assume positions of responsibility which brings the best out of every individual.

The children experience a really broad education and take part in a range of competitive team and individual sports and creative pursuits, not to mention extra-curricular activities, trips and workshops designed to make them think about future career paths and their place in a global community. All the subjects taught in Year 7 and 8 are led by specialist teaching staff and our class sizes are much smaller than those of a senior school, meaning that we can offer an individual, tailored learning experience with staff who have seen them grow and develop. Whilst our scholarship programme provides a very high level of challenge across a wide range of subjects, excellent support is available for those who need it, with teachers working closely together to share best practice. For the less self-assured child, remaining in our smaller, nurturing environment for longer will help to build their confidence ready for the transition at 13; indeed, we have fantastic feedback from the many senior schools with whom we have close bonds, who recognise the excellence in our leavers. Many of our former pupils come back to volunteer at TPS and speak to the younger children in order to give them insight into life at secondary school.