An Introduction to Stover Preparatory School

The Preparatory School aims to provide a safe, happy and caring environment in which children develop an enthusiastic love of learning We help them to gain confidence and to recognise and celebrate their differences. We also teach kindness and respect – respect for themselves, for each other, the environment and for everyone in the wider and global community.

We welcome children of all abilities and we are skilled at using different teaching methods and techniques appropriate to the children in our care. Their emotional and social development in these early years is hugely important and this comfortably sits alongside the teaching of not only subject based skills, but also of the trans-disciplinary life skills such as: teamwork, risk taking, compromise, research, leadership, open mindedness, critical thinking, independent learning, public speaking and questioning.

Early Years Foundation Stage   Forest School

Meet the Head

What’s the difference?   Curriculum 

At Stover, we encourage children to communicate effectively and with confidence. We do this by encouraging them to participate in class without fear of making a mistake, because if they do make a mistake they understand that this is just all part of the learning process; to enter into discussion; to perform to their friends and to parents. We have a busy schedule of concerts, dramatic performances, public speaking exams and presentations, in order that all children feel the sense of achievement that fuels their self-esteem.

We are fortunate to be able to tap into the shared resources of the Senior School, not just the spacious grounds that we use for sports and outdoor activities, but also home economics and art rooms that give our older children a taste of life in the Senior School.

Many of the specialist subjects that all children in the Prep school are taught are delivered by specialists from the Senior school. We believe that the close connection we have with teachers, and pupils, in the Senior School provides valuable inspiration for those who are preparing for the transition into our Senior school.

We celebrate pupils trying their very best and all the children like to celebrate each other’s achievements.

As the Good School’s Guide highlighted – “Pupils are down to earth, outdoorsy, enthusiastic, up for giving everything a try and happy in their own skin. A charming bunch of adventurers, making the absolute best out of a wonderfully holistic and healthy education.”