The Pre-Prep is the start of the journey into Moulsford. Our days are filled with learning, fun and laughter!

The overriding aim of our co-educational Pre-Prep school is to ensure that every child feels safe and secure in their learning environment. The confidence gained from this feeling of security empowers each boy and girl to get the very most out of their educational experience, allowing them to gain from effective working relationships with our talented staff. Our small class sizes naturally allow each boy and girl to work closely with teachers and assistants and to form solid friendships with peers.

Our stunning location and outdoor space provide a wonderful backdrop and the freedom to play and explore.

A rich and varied curriculum provides stimulation and breadth of discovery, looking both to the past and to the future, preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s world. Art, Judo, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, PE and Forest School are all taught by specialist teachers within our Pre-Prep. Individual music lessons can be arranged in a variety of instruments, for example piano, violin and guitar. All pupils have lessons in ICT and use interactive technology daily in other lessons. 

Since September 2022, the Pre-Prep is housed in a newly constructed state-of-the-art building next to the main school site, and since September 2023, the Pre-Prep has been co-educational, welcoming girls as well as boys from Pre-School through to the end of Year 2.

The Pre-Prep is home to a Pre-School (Bobcats), Reception (Wildcats and Tigers), Year 1 (Pumas and Panthers) and Year 2 (Lions and Leopards). The co-educational Pre-School is for both boys and girls who have turned 3 years old. While the Pre-Prep is on a separate site across the road from the current buildings, Moulsford is one school with lots of interaction between the Pre-Prep and the Prep School.

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Features of Our Co-Ed Pre-Preparatory School

Form Structure

Moulsford's co-ed Pre-Preparatory school comprises a one-form entry to Pre-School, and a two-form entry into the following three year groups, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. 

In the Pre-School, whilst there is a natural emphasis on learning through play and having fun, there is also a strong educational focus.

Boys and girls in Reception start their school career with a balance of teacher-led lessons and child-initiated learning.  Their academic diet gradually changes as they make the transition from Early Years to Key Stage 1.

Literacy has an important focus in our Pre-Prep, with all pupils involved in daily phonics and reading sessions in addition to other Communication, Language and Literacy lessons.

By the time the boys and girls reach Year 2, they are used to timetabled subject lessons where there is a higher level of teacher-directed lessons with a mixture of whole class learning, guided learning in groups, paired peer learning and independent learning.

Pre-prep student engaged with drawing in an art class

Learning Support

The Pre-Prep Department liaises with both the Learning Support Department and the Gifted and Talented Coordinator so that the needs of boys and girls requiring help with their learning and those needing additional challenges can be met.

Special Projects

All are involved in joint projects, such as the Pre-Prep Christmas Nativity and whole school initiatives like World Book Day and Arts Week.  Pre-Prep congregates weekly for a reflective assembly where we focus on our school values and key events in the world.

Positive Rewards

The boys and girls in Pre-Prep follow the Code of Conduct for the whole school and awards for good behaviour and random acts of kindness are accrued during each term to be added to the House Point total for each House.  Academic awards are also allocated throughout the year and these go towards Commendation totals for each House at the end of every term.  The totals for the entire year are announced in a full school assembly at the end of the summer term. Children are recognised weekly in a Celebration Assembly where Star of the Week awards are given as well as celebrating individual efforts and progress in Playball.

There are plenty of opportunities for the Pre-Prep to help the school raise funds for charity, for example the Moulsford Mudder and Red Nose Day.

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What age is Pre-Prep school at Moulsford?

Our co-ed Pre-Prep starts at the age of 4 in Reception and continues until the age of 7 when boys move into the Prep School for Year 3. The Pre-School is open for boys and girls to start in the half term after they have turned 3.