Highgate’s pro-active pastoral care underpins all of our activities: pupil wellbeing is at the heart of all our thinking and teaching.
Within our Pre-Prep, we aim to foster a reflective and supportive atmosphere, marked by mutual respect between adults and pupils.
We are a three-form entry school with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, with a total intake of 180 pupils. Our school building was expanded and renovated in August 2022 with additional bright and spacious classrooms.
It's extremely comforting to know that mental wellbeing is given so much importance. Rikin and Deeps, Pre Prep parents, 2022
Our children have emerged happy, confident and with a clear sense of their own identity. Pre Prep parent, 2021
Pastoral care is our number one priority and underpins all that we do. All staff offer pastoral support to children and are supported in doing this by the Deputy Principal (Pastoral) and play therapist. Positive behaviour is encouraged through our PSHEE programme, circle time and school values that set out the moral code which underpins our School life. We have regular assemblies, including one for all pupils each Friday, where achievements are shared and celebrated.
We encourage pupils to become independent and take responsibility for their own learning, aspects of our school life and the wider world. We have two elected representatives from each class who sit on our Pupil Council and two who sit on our Eco Council, working to improve our School with ideas from their peers.
We retain very close links with our Junior School, to which most pupils transfer at age 7, thus providing a secure continuity of education.
—Pre-Prep parent, 2021
Education is a shared venture. At Highgate, we see our pupils, their parents/carers and our teachers co-existing in a virtuous triangle, where each side is fully involved with, and supportive of, the other.
The progress of our Pre-Prep pupils is continuously monitored by our teachers. Full reports are sent to parents/carers at regular intervals, as a formal record of progress. Reports are also made available on our parent portal. In addition, we hold a termly parents’ consultation meeting, where all staff are present.