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Prep School


Our specialist subject staff work across every year group to give our children the very best. We make full use of our 130 acres of parkland and woodland as well as drawing on science, mathematics and artistic resources to provide the broadest spectrum of academic, creative and physical learning experiences for each child.

Class sizes are small so that every child can flourish and receive individual attention from our teachers and we work closely with our parents to ensure we maintain a clear understanding of every child’s needs, skills and progress.  

Year 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1)

Every day is varied with a mix of academic, physical and creative lessons, but with English and Mathematics given high priority. Our children learn with specialist teachers for Design Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and PE, with the form teacher leading all other subject areas and a unique and enriched curriculum of activities outside the classroom.

Our children also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips and events to help bring classroom work to life, as well as enjoy being part of the whole-school community; performing in plays, concerts, school assemblies and services at Romsey Abbey.

Year 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2)

From Year 3, all subjects are taught by specialist teachers. English, Mathematics, Humanities, ICT and Science are at the core of the curriculum but a wide and diverse range of subjects such as Art, Design Technology, Drama, Learning Outside the Classroom (LOC), Music and Sport provide a broad and balanced curriculum.   

Our children are inspired and motivated to strive for personal excellence whatever their starting point and they are given a clear understanding of their own learning targets so they can fully engage in the learning process.

Philosophy for children

Involving complex and abstract reasoning, the purpose of philosophy for children (P4C) is to develop a capacity for high level measured analysis. This is cultivated through each year at our Prep School.  

In this adventure, our children become confident, competent and compassionate learners. They are taught to research, reason and problem solve; to apply what they learn to different contexts; to work collaboratively; to share and present ideas and opinions; and embrace challenge.

We use the P4C approach in our teaching as a tool to enhance speaking and listening skills and to encourage reasoning and critical thinking as well as enquiry and elaboration of ideas. P4C fosters a collaborative approach to spoken enquiry which enables our children to participate in discussions and value everyone’s opinions in a respectful and safe environment.

Digital Learning Strategy

Every aspect involved in teaching and learning can be supported by the effective use of technology in the classroom and at home, and in order to best prepare children for life in the future, children need to learn with the tools of the present.

The focus of our digital strategy therefore takes into account how lessons are most effective and aims to put in place the means and support that enable our teachers to use technology, when it is possible and appropriate, in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. To this aim, our staff received tablet device at the end of the 2017 Summer term, ahead of a school-wide roll out of tablets in 2018/19. 

Preparing for Senior School

We are particularly keen to respond to the needs of our Prep School children as they approach adolescence and make the transition to the next stage of their school life. As prefects, house captains or ambassadors, our senior Prep School children have the opportunity to demonstrate their increasing maturity by taking a leading role in the daily running of the school.  

We aim to make the transition to our Senior School as gentle as possible by involving children in a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities with the Senior School, enabling them to take part in new challenges and become acquainted with our older children, members of staff and our Senior School facilities. In addition, our children are prepared for a successful entrance into our Senior School through teaching towards the entrance assessments.

Visit Embley’s Prep School

The best way to experience our Prep School is to come and see us for our yourself. Please get in touch or join us on one of our open mornings.