We understand that learning knows no bounds and that if children are to flourish and thrive, their learning experiences must extend beyond the classroom.
To deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topics being studied, every year group goes on a trip each term which extends their horizons, builds their confidence and gives the pupils a ‘hands on’ experience of learning. Often this will be supplemented by a workshop or talk in School, delivered by an external professional. This variety of approach recognises that we all learn differently and also offers opportunities for extension activities within the topic.
Our library at SVPS is vibrant and well stocked with both fiction and non-fiction books. All children, from Pre-prep onwards, visit the library and are encouraged to foster a love of reading by taking books home, whilst older children are introduced to using books for research and as a source of ideas. We make excellent use of technology to enhance our children’s learning; there are very well resourced IT suites and banks of laptops and iPads which go into lessons to provide appropriate access to IT in all subjects.
Much thought goes into helping children reach their potential academically whatever their ability and thorough planning targets teaching to all ability groups. As a Prep School we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to tap into not only the physical resources at the Senior School, but also the high quality learning days happen ‘across the road’, such as Science, Art, DT, Drama and CCF Days.
In addition to being stretched in the classroom by work appropriate to their ability, our more able children will be challenged by entering local and national competitions, like the Young Journalist of the Year and the Junior Maths competition at our Senior School. Our record of success in the Kent Test is excellent and each year several will win scholarships to Sutton Valence and other senior schools.