Solid foundations for learning
At St Mary's Preparatory School, we aim to lay solid foundations for learning where academic rigour is encouraged and every child is given the opportunity to realise and fulfil their potential. These foundations are provided within an engaging and exciting independent curriculum, teaching children how to learn as well as what to learn, and ensuring that children develop a growing love of learning.
The world is changing at an incredible pace and ensuring our children can adapt to these changes is a challenge we all face. Our independent curriculum is progressive and continually evolving to answer the needs of modern society, at the same time as retaining all that is good within our traditions. St Mary's Preparatory School children will be encouraged and assisted to develop independent thinking skills, fostering confidence, the ability to assimilate, and to reason and solve problems; all essential skills in today's society. We are also committed to the moral, social and spiritual development of the child.
The curriculum encourages:
- Imagination and expression of ideas
- Learning through listening, debating, speaking, writing, explaining, presenting and summarising
- Curiosity, self-motivation, self-respect, discernment, resilience, tolerance and empathy
- Development of the whole child through the academic, sporting, creative, artistic, musical and dramatic mediums
Lessons are differentiated to allow access and extension for all abilities, and the teaching staff are experienced, dedicated and put the child at the centre of all they do. We also offer an extensive and enriching programme of extra-curricular activities.
"I want our children to have no fear of failure but a thirst and confidence to try their best. We all know children are unique and in each one there are gifts and talents waiting to be lit up and encouraged. As teachers of St Mary's Preparatory School we have the privilege and responsibility to be the inspiration and fuel to light these talents. We aim to ensure all the children in our care realise and reach their potential, developing belief in themselves and tolerance, care and respect of others."