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Nurturing individuality and creativity

At Queen’s College Pre-Prep, we offer an education for our children which encourages thinking skills, independence and learning through discovery. 

Our aim at Queen’s is to provide an environment where, from a very early age, our children can start to develop skills for life.

We use our daily teacher observations to form assessments of our pupils throughout the year in a non-pressurised, unobtrusive, stress-free way and use summative assessments at key points throughout the year to make judgements against national expectations.

This means that, at any one time, we are aware of the level at which each child is performing in relation to the national standards and can tailor our teaching to support and further their progress.  

We recognise the importance of each child’s mental wellbeing and how this contributes to their continued progress and allows them to thrive. 

One of the assessments we carry out allows us to evaluate pupils’ happiness within our educational setting and the results have shown that our pupils are very happy with their learning experience here in the Queen’s College Pre-Prep. 

Our aim is to nurture creativity and emphasise the importance of learning so that our pupils go through school knowing they can thrive and discover.

The best start in education

We believe that our small classes, engaging teaching and superb facilities ensure children have the very best start in Early Years education, building a strong foundation for future learning.

We were delighted to have this reinforced with an ‘outstanding’ rating in EYFS in our last OFSTED inspection. Our aim at Queen’s College Pre-Prep is to nurture and develop every individual’s talents, ensuring that every pupil is the best that they can be and achieves their potential.

Our reception classes provide a stimulating, fun, child-centred learning environment. We encourage our pupils to follow their natural curiosity and become enthusiastic learners and recognise that children flourish when they are allowed the freedom to control their own learning.

Dynamic and creative topic-based teaching provides a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum for all children. Every week, our children take part in a Forest School activity, swim, enjoy two PE sessions, French and Music.

We pride ourselves on our outstanding pastoral care – building strong relationships with our parents and focusing on getting to know each individual child to develop their self-esteem, confidence and independence. 

We offer a variety of transitional activities to our pre-school children in the term before they start Reception to allow them to become familiar with the setting and teachers and to ensure a relaxed, happy and smooth introduction to school.

We recognise that parents may be apprehensive about their child starting school and invite them to information evenings and other events prior to their child joining.  

We also hold weekly parent coffee mornings and a weekly family assembly while our parents’ committee organises regular social events for parents and families.  

A safe and engaging environment

Queen's College Pre-Prep understands the importance of supporting working families and offers a safe and engaging environment, managed by our experienced and dedicated staff, where children enjoy free early morning supervision, from 7.45 am and after school care until 6 pm.

We provide an extensive and varied range of free after school co-curricular activities such as football, cookery, art and craft, construction, science, playground and board games. These encourage the development of personal skills such as team work, creativity, problem-solving and fair play.

Our Performing Arts Academy offers a range of after school classes to children from Reception upwards, including ballet, street jazz, hip-hop, tap and contemporary dance.

We are proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we offer, ensuring every child flourishes no matter what their personal interests and abilities.  

The Pre-Prep children have three sports lessons a week, taught by our specialist, experienced PE staff.  This includes a weekly swimming lesson in our on-site heated pool. The children also have the opportunity to use the more extensive Queen’s College facilities including state-of-the-art pitches and AstroTurf surfaces.

From an early age children have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments, including piano, recorder, drums, violin, cello and guitar and are taught by our talented peripatetic music teachers.

Speech and Drama lessons allow the children to develop their communication, creative and performance skills as well as boosting confidence, building self-esteem, and overcoming shyness.  The children have the opportunity to perform in the Taunton Speech and Drama Festival and take exams. We are always incredibly proud of how outstandingly well they perform.

At Queen's College Pre-Prep we also take learning outside the classroom to support lessons and our Forest School sessions in the woods provide hands-on outdoor learning opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem, which in turn impact on a child’s emotional and mental well-being.

Queen’s College Pre-Prep offers a wealth of opportunities to challenge, expand and develop your child's creative, sporty and inquisitive sides and our dedicated staff are committed to ensuring every child achieves their full potential. 

Our new Head of Pre-Prep

Miss Sam Horner over as the Head of Pre-Prep at the start of 2017.

Previously Year 2 teacher and Maths co-ordinator, she replaced Mrs Jan Williams who retired at the end of the Autumn Term.

Miss Horner, who grew up in Cornwall, completed a four-year teaching degree at Westminster College (Methodist) in Oxford.

She taught in a state school in Milton Keynes for two years before moving to independent Christ Church Cathedral School in Oxford, teaching year 1 and also running Pre-Prep.

Miss Horner moved to Queen’s in 2004, originally teaching Year 3 and living on-site as the resident boarding tutor in Cotlake House. Her daughter, Amalie, goes to Highgrove Nursery and will continue her education through Queen’s.

Miss Horner said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to taking up my new role as Head of the Queen’s College Pre-Prep department and developing the dedicated work of Jan Williams.

“We have a fantastic experienced team of staff in the department and I look forward to leading them.

“We provide an excellent early start to school for young children and I am passionate about ensuring their learning experience is fun and allows all our pupils to flourish.

“I want to make sure every child has their individual needs met and thus allow them to develop into confident pupils.”

Miss Horner said that Queen’s Pre-Prep offered music, performing arts, after school clubs, sports, swimming, outdoor education and Forest School.

“We aim to bring out the best in the children, developing their confidence and self-esteem.

“We want to spot identify and unlock individual talents and ensure all our pupils flourish.”

Our Head of Junior School, Mrs Tracey Khodabandehloo, said: “Sam brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the role and we are all looking forward to working with her.”

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© 2016 QUEEN’S COLLEGE, TRULL ROAD, TAUNTON, SOMERSET TA1 4QS