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Our Pre-prep

Childhood is a time for fun and discovery through a wealth of learning opportunities. Our pre-prep is a special and unique place. Our aim is to give children the best possible start to their educational pathway, where friendships are made, individual academic excellence is achieved and happy memories are created. We are an independent pre-prep in Liphook situated in 175 acres of stunning grounds in the South Downs National Park on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Children in our pre-prep develop their social, emotional and cognitive skills through play-based activities. Every day your child will have to opportunity to apply what they have learnt in the classroom to activities in their shared areas or out in our fabulous 175-acre grounds. These hands-on opportunities give your child’s learning meaning and a grounding in the real world.

Our pre-prep children visit Forest School several times a week. It provides a stimulating and engaging environment that encourages exploration, creativity and curiosity. Through being outdoors your child will develop an appreciation for the environment. They will learn to understand the significant impact they can have on sustainability for themselves and future generations by learning about environmental issues and taking meaningful actions to reduce their carbon footprint. We are fortunate to have two libraries at school and one is reserved for exclusive use by our pre-prep children. It has been carefully curated to instil a love of reading in all our children and to help your child to discover the magic that books bring. Inspiring them in every topic from expeditions and exercise to Fairtrade and faraway places. Storytime and our robust phonics programme will help your child to develop crucial skills such as communication and comprehension.

Alongside the core curriculum, in the pre-prep your child will enjoy weekly swimming lessons in additional to their Games and PE classes. They will develop a positive attitude toward exercise and will grow to understand that a healthy body means a healthy mind, helping your child gain insight on how they learn best. A pre-prep education is one to be cherished. It is a time to develop the foundations for a love of learning where challenges are seen as positive experiences and every activity is approached with a smile, laughter and a can-do attitude.

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Seeing the pre-prep children jump into wellies and waterproof trousers in record time and charge out to break was fabulous

Lessons

Our pre-prep timetable has been meticulously curated to ensure we get the best out of your child throughout the day. Your child will benefit from being taught maths and English every morning by their highly-qualified class teacher. They then embark on a day full of incredible lessons, including Music, Games, PE, Spanish and Swimming which are all delivered by subject specialist teachers. Lessons are either taught as a single lesson of half an hour or to allow, your child to really get stuck in, some lessons are scheduled as a double one-hour lesson.

The timetable also ensures the pre-prep children can make the most of our incredible facilities as well as our amazing teachers. The acres of woodland just a stone’s throw from their classroom door is home to your child’s Forest School lessons. Our on-site, 25-metre indoor swimming pool, which is heated by a renewal energy source in the shape of our woodchip biomass boiler, is where your child will learn to swim. For their music lessons, your child will head over to our purpose-built Music School to be surrounded by musical inspiration and every instrument they could possibly dream of – everything from African drums to a grand piano. Our Art Studio is where our pre-prep and prep school children delve into painting, pottery and collage, allowing your child to share their creative vision with their older peers. The Sports Hall, Astro and endless fields and pitches will give your child the space to breathe, stretch their physical muscles and discover their sporting prowess.

Food

Great children need great food which is why we hire a fantastic team of chefs, bakers and cooks to keep your child well fuelled throughout the day. Morning break is at 10am, the same time as our prep school children. Your child will enjoy a carbohydrate-based snack to provide them with a slow release of energy to power them through their morning lessons.

Lunch break for our pre-prep children is at 11.45am when your child will enjoy a good run around outside as well as a nutritious meal before returning to lessons at 1pm. Your child’s lunch is freshly prepared on site by our in-house Catering Team. We offer a wide choice of dishes to ensure we cater for all tastes. There are always hot and cold options, with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. Vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary requirements are well catered for.

Our seasonal menus operate on a three-week rotation and aim to educate your child about healthy choices and responsible eating.

Logistics

The Pre-prep Week

7.30am Breakfast Club (Optional £)

8am Before School Care

8.15am Gates open

8.30am Registration

10am Morning break

11.45am Lunch break

3.30pm School day ends

3.30pm After School Clubs (Optional)

4.30pm Clubs end

4.30pm Picnic Tea and Play (Optional £)

6.30pm Last pick up

Drop off

The doors to our pre-prep swing open for children at 8.15am ready for your child to start their day promptly at 8.30am. We know and completely understand that mornings can be busy for many families, with parents juggling school drop off, work and other commitments. It’s important that your child’s start to the day is calm and stress free to set them up for a successful say of learning. That’s why we offer an earlier 8am drop off option for those families who need it, at no extra charge.

Many of our families make use of our Breakfast Club, which opens for our nursery children at 7.30am. Breakfast Club takes place in the Dining Hall and your child will be spoilt for choice for what to have for breakfast. There is always a hot option such as beans on toast as well cereal, porridge, yoghurt, toast and fresh fruit. A truly hearty breakfast to kickstart their active day ahead.

After school

The school day finishes at 3.30pm but your child’s time with us does not have to stop there. There is a plethora of after-school clubs for your child to choose from. But not before they have had a snack for a well-earned energy boost to see them through the next hour of excitement. There are four categories of clubs: academic, skill development, artistic and physical and we encourage your child to try to choose one club from each group to give themselves the opportunity to explore new interests. Most of our clubs are run by our teachers who are passionate about a certain sport, subject or hobby and are free of charge. We also invite external professionals to run clubs such as Karate, Modern Dance or Cookery, which do incur additional costs.

If there isn’t a club that takes your child’s fancy but you need your child to be looked after, they can join our after school care which runs until 4.30pm. We know life is exceptionally busy for all families which is why, in addition to our after school provision, we also offer Picnic Tea and Play. In this popular session your child will be served a high tea which they will enjoy as a picnic with their friends. There will be lots of games and activities on offer for your child until 6.30pm.

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What we’re up to…

Rain? What rain? Our Year 7 girls made light work of the wet weather to put in some brilliant performances against our friends from @twyfordschool. Perhaps we’ve got the next @lj10, @bethmead_ or @alexgreenwood5 in our midst… #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #GirlsFootball

Green-fingered children in Year 5 have been busy with hoes, spades and trowels tending their vegetable patch. Gardening is incredibly therapeutic and growing vegetables helps the children understand where their food comes from. The pupils weeded the beds containing young runner bean plants before planting asparagus and onions, all of which will be harvested in due course and used in our kitchens. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Gardening #VegetablePatch #GrowYourOwn

With Easter fast approaching, and with it the end of the spring term, preparations for the new cricket season are already well under way, with the grounds team busy getting our picturesque pitches ready for a busy summer. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #CricketSeason #Sport

Improved co-ordination, balance and posture are some of the wonderful benefits to our pre-prep children who take after-school ballet classes with the lovely Miss Johnston. The delightful sessions also help build the children’s confidence while boosting their mental strength and focus as they learn new routines and movements. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Ballet #AfterSchoolClubs

Some of our Year 3 and 4 children are reaping the benefits of learning to play cards in our fun and popular lunchtime club. A pack of playing cards offers endless possibilities and with every shuffle and deal, the children are building confidence and skills such as maths, memory, teamwork and quick-thinking. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #AfterSchoolClubs #playmorecardsday

Question: What do you get if you mix colourful, flashing lights, the latest tunes and some nifty (and not so nifty!) moves in the sports hall? Answer: Bags of fun and laughter at the boarders’ superb roller disco! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #ILoveBoarding #RollerDisco #SundayFun

Our young footballers have been working on their close ball control and dribbling skills ahead of a series of matches against our friends from Windlesham House School tomorrow. With the weather finally set fair, we’re looking forward to some excellent games. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Sport #Football

In Music Theory and Composition Club, Year 2 children are working toward composing their own pieces in GarageBand; getting used to the playback controls and adding Apple loops before adding their own ideas on the keyboards. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Music #AfterSchoolClubs

Join us for Our Open Morning on 15th March! Discover why Highfield and Brookham School was declared the ‘best prep school’ by an educational agent during their recent visit. Explore our fantastic grounds, superb facilities and nurturing environment for children aged 2-13. Don’t miss this opportunity to see first-hand what makes our school so special. Head to our website to book. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #OpenMorning

As part of their enrichment programme, which offers a broad range of opportunities to learn and develop outside the classroom, our Year 8 children are working toward a rookie lifesaving certificate awarded by the Royal Life Saving Society UK – RLSS UK. The children spend six weeks learning key techniques to keep themselves and others safe in the water, including treading water, swimming at least 50m in clothing, demonstrating a reach rescue, sculling head and feet first, and demonstrating a ‘shout and signal’ rescue. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Lifesaving

THROWBACK THURSDAY: 2018. The magic that exists between our prep and pre-prep pupils has truly stood the test of time. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Nostalgia #ThrowbackThursday

Our strong extra-curricular offering is the perfect opportunity for our children to try something new. Of course, with our Brilliant Bricks Club in pre-prep, there’s also the opportunity to use your imagination and make something new – over and over again! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #ExtraCurricularClubs

Drama is a much-loved element of school life and today, while focusing on hit film and musical Matilda with Head of Drama Mrs Baird, Year 3 got to try something new as they used a hotseating technique to dig a bit deeper into the key characters in the story. The children picked one of four key characters and were quizzed as they took turns in the ‘hotseat’ to answer questions about their chosen character. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Drama

Join us for Our Open Morning on 15th March! Discover why Highfield and Brookham School was recently declared the ‘best prep school’ by an educational agent during their visit. Explore our fantastic grounds, superb facilities and nurturing environment for children aged 2-13. Don’t miss this opportunity to see first-hand what makes our school special. Reserve your place today➡️bit.ly/3wB8kPB

Regular cushion concerts not only give our young musicians the chance to build their confidence by performing in front of a small and select audience but also demonstrate how much progress they have made with their chosen instruments. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Music

Re-energised by the half-term break, our eager young pre-prep martial artists were keen to pick up where they left off, honing their self-defence techniques and building their confidence under the expert eye of Sensei Harry from Petersfield Karate Club. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Karate #MartialArts #ExtraCurricularClubs

The monumental inter-school cross-country event that we hosted just before the half-term holiday, involving 1,200 children from 20 schools, was a mammoth undertaking, no matter which angle you look at it from… #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #CrossCountry #Athletics

There’s nothing quite like our holiday activity clubs for enabling children to learn something new, express themselves and, of course, have lots of fun. Check out our website (the link’s in the bio) to see what exciting courses we’ve got coming up at Easter! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #MusicalTheatre #HolidayClubs

Whether they were in the kitchen having a flipping good time on Pancake Day, making beautiful cards on Valentine’s Day or simply having fun exploring our wonderful grounds come rain or shine, it’s safe to say our Mini Marvels have had a superb half-term holiday! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #HolidayActivities

With top tips from our very own Mrs Wilson, the children on our superb Musical Theatre holiday course got to grips with stage presence, voice projection, choreography and expression as they performed scenes from hit stage musical Annie. Bravo, children, bravo! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #HolidayClubs #MusicalTheatre

Our art studio was a veritable hive of activity today as the excellent Jo and Hannah of @feltybee_crafts hosted a wonderful day of creative crafting, engaging the children in the wonderful world of needle felt, marbling and printing. And the best of it? There’s a second day of colourful creativity still to come! #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #CreativeCrafts #ArtsAndCrafts

Not only does our half-term holiday bushcraft course arm our adventurous children with brilliant survival skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and whittling, it also provides an opportunity for young people to disconnect from the stress of daily life and connect with nature. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Bushcraft #Environment

While the benefits to our children of having big grounds in which to work, rest and play are there for all to see, maintaining those grounds is a mighty task. Each year Kai Timmermann, our dedicated Estate Manager, surveys the woodland with a local contractor to determine what, if any, action is necessary to ensure that the trees are healthy and safe. This week, Wallace Timber Services are working on our oaks to remove any overhanging branches that they feel could pose a risk if limbs were to fall. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #EstateManagement #Trees

Young chefs on our half-term holiday senior cookery course have taken a generous helping of Shrove Tuesday and added a pinch of Valentine’s to create some culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. Cheesecake, fresh and healthy salsa, savoury pancakes and Valentine shortbread were the order the day as the boys and girls chopped, sliced, mixed and grated to their heart’s content. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Cookery #HalfTermHolidayActivities

Instead of merely describing what is taking place, our specialist science teachers guide our children through an inquiry process by asking pertinent, open-ended questions and by encouraging investigative processes through demonstration, hands-on opportunities and experiments. This teachers the children to evaluate evidence, think analytically and make informed decisions. #TogetherWeGrow #IndependentSchool #PrivateSchool #BoardingSchool #PrepSchool #PrePrepSchool #Nursery #Liphook #Hampshire #Surrey #WestSussex #SpringTerm #Science

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