Prep is a very important feature of life in the Preparatory School. It helps pupils prepare for topics to come or consolidate work introduced in class and, most importantly, it encourages pupils to become more independent learners and take more responsibility for their own learning.
In Years 3 and 4, pupils have thirty minutes of prep a night. Over the week, this will include a reading, a mathematics and a spelling prep in addition to work from other subjects as the need arises.
In Year 5 to Year 8, a basic unit of prep is twenty minutes of work. The core subjects (English, Maths and Science) are entitled to two units of prep (forty minutes work) a week in Years 7 and 8, or thirty minutes a week in Years 5 and 6. Other subjects are entitled to one unit of prep or twenty minutes a week, although, for Years 7 and 8, if they wish to have longer they can give a double unit one week but will forgo a prep in another week. Pupils will never need to do more than eighty minutes prep a night in Years 7 and 8 and even this should be rare. More often it will be an hour, or on occasions forty minutes, depending upon the spread of subjects in the timetable. In Years 5 and 6, pupils should never need to do more than fifty minutes a night and more often it will be either forty or twenty minutes.
Pupils need to be very well organised to ensure that they do not build up a backlog of prep. They are expected to keep their prep diaries up to date. Form Tutors are there to help them do this and we hope that parents will sign the prep diary on a regular basis so that they can also keep track of how their child’s work is progressing