Bromsgrove School

About the Pre-Prep & Nursery School

Bromsgrove Pre- Preparatory and Nursery School was founded in 1943 by Mrs Ottilie Hild as a private day school and was originally called Ottilie Hild School. In 1986 it became part of Bromsgrove School and moved to its present spacious and rural setting, on the outskirts of Bromsgrove, in 2000.

The Pre-Preparatory and Nursery is a place where children have a memorable and positive start to their educational journey. We believe it is the early years, from the ages of three to seven, when the educational foundations are laid for everything that follows. Very young children are curious and enthusiastic; they are learning to learn. Our aim is to harness these qualities in an active, stimulating, happy and secure environment. We nurture children into confident, well prepared and highly motivated learners who will go on to achieve the best for themselves. At the same time, we help them to develop with good manners, self discipline, honesty and consideration for others, working and playing in a positive and rewarding way. The friendly, secure family atmosphere of the school encourages children to become independent learners and caring members of our community.

Children may start in the Nursery at the beginning of the term in which they turn three years old. The Nursery provides a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment and is set in our own building, within the grounds of the Pre-Preparatory School. We have full access to the school's amazing facilities and extensive play areas. The Nursery children enjoy being part of the wider Bromsgrove community and take part in school assemblies, plays and many other activities.

The Nursery has a semi open-plan environment with a separate outdoor play area and covered area. The Nursery has its own outside play area and separate cloakroom facilities where the very youngest children in our school feel safe and at home.

The first years of education at Bromsgrove, that is Nursery and Reception, are called the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning. The prime areas of learning are:

• communication and language

• physical development

• personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

• literacy

• mathematics

• understanding the world

• expressive arts and design

Following the Nursery we have three Reception classes, each taught by a qualified teacher and a full-time qualified assistant. We participate in the government funded 'Early Years Entitlement' which is offered to 3 and 4 year old children.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are based in the main part of the old house, where the modern facilities sit alongside the sympathetically restored period features of the original stately home.

Each of the three year groups in the Pre-Preparatory School is divided into 3 parallel classes with highly qualified teachers and classroom assistants. The school follows, but is not restricted by, the National Curriculum. Learning is enhanced and enriched by an exciting and creative curriculum which follows on from the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Each classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard and there is a purpose built ICT suite which is used by all children from the Nursery to Year 2.

The beautiful school grounds also provide unique outside learning opportunities for all children in the school. We have an accredited Forest School, an outdoor classroom, a wildlife pond and bog garden, an outdoor theatre, an adventure trail and an all weather play lawn as well as large gardens for play and PE lessons.

The Pre-Preparatory and Nursery school operates an ‘open door’ policy, so that parents can talk with staff, at convenient times, about any aspect of their child’s academic progress and welfare.

The class teacher is the appointed Key person for a child’s academic and pastoral care during their time at school. The Classroom Assistants support the class teacher in this capacity. All our staff are continuously extending their training and developing their knowledge to ensure that the children in our care receive the most appropriate learning opportunities, in line with their individual needs.

During the academic year there are two formal Parents’ Evenings and one open afternoon, when the children share their work with their parents. In addition, two written reports are sent home during the year; a progress letter at the end of the Michaelmas term and a full report at the end of the Summer term.

Prior to entry, children are invited to spend a morning in school with their prospective year group, during which informal assessments will take place. Children seeking admission into Year 2 will also be assessed more formally in Mathematics and English. This trial morning provides an opportunity for the children to experience life at Bromsgrove Pre-Preparatory and Nursery School and to get to know the children in their future class.

If a child is moving from another school they will be asked to bring examples of their current work in Mathematics, English and Reading. We will also contact the child’s school for a written report about their academic achievements and behaviour.

The School produces the Online News Review, a publication which highlights the many exciting events and activities that the children have experienced throughout the three Bromsgrove Schools. The school also publishes The Bromsgrovian; an end of year magazine that all parents receive.