The Prep Department is a warm, friendly, family-like community where small class sizes mean our teachers have the time, energy and experience to look after the individual needs of each and every boy, enabling him to feel safe and valued and therefore to blossom both academically and emotionally.
The Prep Department is located on both the Pre-Prep site (for Year 3) and the main school building (for Years 4 to 6) where boys are given an excellent foundation for taking the Secondary Transfer Test or the 11+ in September. Our 11+ results for the last three years are shown below; to provide context, approximately 33% of children score 121 or more and at the end of the process and following Selection Reviews, approximately 37% qualify for grammar school.
2015 – 60% of Thorpe boys who took the test were successful.
2016 – 63% of Thorpe boys who took the test were successful.
2017 – 60% of Thorpe boys who took the test were successful.
2017 – 2018 Thorpe House Year 6 leavers’ destinations:
Burnham Grammar School
Chesham Grammar School
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School
John Hampden Grammar School
Royal Grammar School
We take two different approaches to the boys learning in Prep: In Years 3 to 4 the boys have one class teacher for all subjects with the exception of ICT, French, design technology, music, games and PE which are taught by specialist teachers. This prepares them for moving to a fully specialist taught timetable in Years 5 and 6.
The Prep Department is not just about academia though, we provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and trips to contextualise learning and most importantly make it fun. More information can be found here. Although warm and friendly, we maintain high standards of discipline and pride ourselves in producing boys who are caring, tolerant and respectful as well as encouraging a love and curiosity for learning.
We are proud of our department and would like to invite you to visit us so you can experience for yourself the buzz of industrious, happy boys as they go about their busy days.
Mrs K. Hampshire, Head of the Prep Department
Head Chef, Mr J Hill
Assistant Chef, Ms M Mosley