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Prep

Pupils arrive by 8.25am to meet their form teacher and prepare for the day. We meet as a community for a daily assembly, followed by six 35 minute lessons with a mid-morning break.

Practical subjects tend to be allocated double lessons. We meet once again for lunch at 12.45pm, and there are then four lessons in the afternoon. Pupils can choose to go home at 4.30pm at the end of lessons, but many choose to stay until 5.30pm to participate in a range of clubs (see ‘wider curriculum’) or to complete their prep.

On Wednesday afternoon there are no lessons. This enables us to stage a range of clubs and fixtures.

  • Curriculum

    Our academic curriculum aims to inspire a love of learning among our pupils while at the same time equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive on the challenges of the future.

    We follow the courses in English, Mathematics, Sciences (which are taught separately from Year 7), French, Latin (from Year 5), History, Geography and RE, leading to Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship examinations at the age of thirteen. We also have space on our timetable for the study of Art, Music, Drama, PSHE, PE and Design Technology lessons, the last of which take place in the specialist facilities of Lancing College. 

    When pupils arrive in the Prep School, they are taught most subjects by their form teacher, with specialists in Music and PE. In Years 5 and 6 they begin to see more specialist teaching, with teachers well-qualified to teach their specific age group before they move to specialist teachers for every subject in Years 7 and 8. 

    A wide variety of learning styles is catered for in the belief that children learn best in an environment in which they are happy and secure. The outstanding results in academic Scholarship exams that have been achieved to a variety of schools in recent years have not been the result of hot housing, but of inspiring teaching and the hard work expected of a genuine scholar. Likewise, those requiring more support to conquer the challenges of academic work are able to exceed their potential here through individual support and encouragement.

    Pupils are usually taught in mixed-ability classes of about fifteen pupils, although for our most senior pupils we offer a Scholarship form in which the academic challenge is particularly high.

  • Wider Curriculum

    We at Lancing Prep believe that what goes on successfully outside the classroom brings confidence and skills that can usefully be employed within it.

    We are committed to finding an area in which every child can enjoy success. To this end, we offer a wide range of extracurricular opportunities.

    We have fielded successful teams in both the major games of football, rugby, cricket, hockey, netball and rounders, as well as participating in squash, tennis, swimming, athletics, cross- country running and golf events in recent years. Outdoor pursuits are catered for with sailing and climbing clubs on offer, as well as through a biennial skiing trip and various outdoor expeditions. A calendar of external visits supports our academic curriculum.

    Our commitment to the arts is equally strong. Our Music department thrives, with a growing number of scholarship successes in recent years and some outstanding musicians nurtured; parents and staff have the opportunity to participate too. A biennial musical held at Lancing College is a highlight for many pupils. We offer a range of opportunities in Drama, including weekly additional lessons with a peripatetic teacher for those who are keen. Our artists have produced some particularly memorable work that is displayed around school and has been used in national exhibitions in recent years. Our debaters even visited the House of Commons recently.

    Dance is thriving at Lancing Prep hove, and is open to all ages and abilities:-
    Clubs: There are 3 clubs per week and taught by Ms Barber who has a background in Contemporary dance.
    Monday lunch: Year 8 Contemporary class; Thursday evening: Junior (Year 3-6) Dance; Friday lunch: Senior (Year 6-8) Dance.

    Competitions: Every year there is an internal dance competition ‘Strictly Dancing at Lancing’. There are trophies and medals for the winners and runners-up in each category.

    Trips: There is an annual trip to see a dance show. In 2013 we saw ‘Ballet Revolucion’ (a fantastic Cuban dance company) at Sadlers Wells, London.

    Performances: The pupils are also able to perform in end of year musicals. In 2013, there were many dancers involved in the school production of Bugsy Malone. The dancers can also perform at the School Fête, Performance Assembly, Y8 Contemporary Arts evening and most recently took part in the Children’s Parade in Brighton.

    Colours: Dance colours are awarded to those who reach the equivalent of Grade 4 upwards in any dance style, who are able to combine technical ability with a sense of performance and those who show commitment to dance by regular attendance of clubs, workshops and trips. There is a Junior and Senior Dance Prize awarded at Prizegiving which rewards excellence in dance throughout the year.

    We believe that these rich experiences all allow our children to develop and grow with confidence and an awareness of their own character and capability. We value the opportunity to tackle difficult challenges and, through endeavour, to succeed and to enjoy the experience.

  • Pastoral

    We pride ourselves on placing outstanding pastoral care at the centre of everything we do. Pupils are each allocated a form teacher for the year who acts as a main point of contact.

    It is a strength of the School that our children are well-known to all the staff, thus creating an extended family atmosphere reinforced by meeting twice-daily as a community, firstly for assembly and then for lunch. Pupils treat each other with respect and look after one another.

    Teaching staff meet regularly to discuss any concerns that they might have. We operate a lively PSHE curriculum throughout the School.

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