Set in its own dedicated area within The Prep at Denstone College, boys and girls aged 4 – 7, can begin their exciting learning journey.

The Pre-Prep offers a homely, supportive and friendly environment that is educationally stimulating and exciting. This ensures that children feel happy, self-confident and open to learning and ultimately enjoy coming to school.

Small class sizes in the Pre-Prep allow children to progress at their own pace, whilst still ensuring that each child receives the individual attention and careful guidance they need to allow them to reach their potential. Carefully made decisions and planning are bespoke to your child which will encourage the development of the skills needed for a smooth transition into our Prep School and beyond.

Dedicated, Experienced Staff

The Pre-Prep team provide a warm, supportive environment with dedicated and experienced staff. Every child is valued and encouraged to fulfil their learning potential. Small class sizes allow staff to focus on and nurture each individual child.


Our indoor and outdoor spaces have been created to provide a wonderful learning environment for children.  Our Pre-Prep pupils make full use of some of the facilities of the Main school such as the indoor pool, Chapel, outdoor classroom, library, astro pitches and sports fields. Playtime takes place in our uniquely designed garden.

The Pre-Prep Curriculum

Our bespoke hands-on curriculum provides an exciting and fun relationship with learning. The curriculum is designed to challenge and stimulate the imagination and provide a firm foundation for your child’s ongoing education.  Literacy and Numeracy are taught each morning, providing a strong base on which to build reading, spelling, writing and mathematical skills.  We also work to provide ‘hooks’ to allow children to build up a net of general knowledge.

The children are also encouraged to develop their independent learning skills through the wider curriculum.  This encompasses lessons in a whole host of subjects from Science, Geography and History projects through to RE/PSHE, Music, Art, Design and Technology, ICT and the performing arts.  Your child will also have regular Sports lessons making the most of the school’s superb facilities including weekly Swimming and use of the astro pitches and gymnasium.

Independence and self-confidence are also encouraged through a busy calendar of events such as Harvest and Easter concerts, Chapel assemblies, Nativity plays, Grandparents’ days and Sports days.

Cross-Curricular Approach

We aim to bring learning to life and deliver an inspiring curriculum using topic based learning each term. The curriculum is then enriched through many real experiences, including visiting theatre workshops, trips to the Space Centre or being a pirate for the day!

Outdoor Education

The Pre-Prep takes full advantage of the beautiful surroundings at Denstone College and often takes learning outdoors. Weekly Forest School sessions also enable the children to discover and learn about our outside world and environment whilst developing lifelong skills such as teamwork and perseverance.

School Day

The school day takes place from 8.20am to 3.45pm. Before and After School Care as well as Pre-Prep clubs can extend the day from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

Afterschool Care

We are open from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday during term time. This is for all children in Pre-Prep and Main Prep.

For Pre-Prep and Main Prep children there are clubs provided after school which can be booked prior to the start of term.

For an example of the clubs we offer please see our Extra-Curricular Page.

Clubs will run from 4pm – 5pm in both Pre-Prep and Main Prep. After 5pm there will be an option for prep time or reading quietly in a classroom until 6pm where there will be a teacher on duty.