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The Richard Pate School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Prep Department

5 to 7 years - Reception to Year 2

On entry to the Prep Department, pupils continue their Foundation Stage education in one of two reception classes where they work towards the Early Learning goals. Smooth transition from the less formal although structured approach of the reception classes into years 1 and 2 relies upon sensitivity to each child’s individual needs.

A variety of teaching methods and styles are applied to suit pupils of all abilities.

“Clearly interested and motivated to learn, children are encouraged to work independently. They make excellent progress in developing personal skills.”

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The whole department offers a broad curriculum which provides a flexible child-centred approach to education, whilst maintaining a high level of commitment to the teaching of basic skills.

Each child has access to specialist teaching areas for music, computer studies, dance and games, including use of the main hall / gymnasium, forum (dedicated gathering space), outdoor adventure play area and an all weather surface for sport / games.

The ratio of adults to children is very favourable enabling a high degree of individual attention. Our experienced teaching staff are supported by well-qualified teachers’ assistants.

We aim to provide a warm, caring but challenging environment in which each child feels secure, valued, stimulated and, above all, happy.


“They respond very well to the high expectations demanded of them from adults. Outstanding behaviour enhances the progress that they make and ensures that high standards are reached.”

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