As children move into Year 3, their journey at the Prep begins. They are prepared for the transition with a focus on independence and building confidence. Additional places for Year 3 sometimes arise and pupils are assessed during our 7+ assessment day.
Our main Prep building lies at the centre of the school, with a newly designed Science laboratory being built for September 2021. The adjoining wildlife garden and pond inspires exciting lessons about nature and eco systems.
We have two Prep forms per year group, each with their own form teacher. Lessons are taught increasingly by specialist teachers, with form teachers assuming responsibility for the pastoral care of their pupils. In Years 3 and 4, teachers are also supported by teaching assistants.
Our focus remains on developing a sound knowledge base, curiosity and the ability to think critically. Pupils are encouraged to become inquisitive and independent learners and to make the most of every opportunity provided through the broad and varied subject areas and the range of facilities and resources on offer.
Blackheath Prep pupils achieve considerable success in senior school entrance exams for both the maintained and the independent sectors and also excel in Music, Drama, Art and PE. The preparation they receive is well structured and responds to the needs of individual pupils. Advice and support is provided for parents during the secondary school transfer process. Pupils leave Blackheath Prep well-prepared to meet the challenges of their secondary education.