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 calm and gentle atmosphere, marked by mutual respect between adults and pupils.
At present, we have two classes within each year group. As we move to 4+ entry (Reception) in September 2021, an additional class of 20 will join the 40 progressing from our final 3+ Nursery class. From September 2022, around 60 children will be able to join our Pre-Prep.
‘Pastoral care is one of the jewels in Highgate’s crown’ —Tatler 2018
By removing our two Nursery classes, and gradually welcoming an extra class in each subsequent year group, our Pre-Prep will grow by 20 pupils by 2023. We have planned for this expansion and will be making appropriate changes to our physical space.
Our pupils receive pastoral support from their class teacher in the first instant, supported by our Principal and Deputy Principals. Positive behaviour is encouraged through our PSHE programme, through circle time and through the Golden Rules 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 marked.
We encourage pupils to become independent and take responsibility for our School and classroom activities. We have two elected representatives from each class in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who sit on our Pupil Council and two who sit on our Eco Council, working to improve our School with ideas from their classmates. Pupils choose their summer term project each year and we encourage independence through activities such as changing their own reading books.
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, 2019
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. Learning reviews and reports are also made available on our parent portal. In addition, we hold termly parents’ consultation meeting, where all staff are present.