Challenge. Cherish. Inspire.


Hello and welcome to Pre-Prep

My name is Mrs Pippa McConnell I am Head of Years Pre-Prep (Years 1 & 2 and Early Years) at The Manor.

In Pre-Prep we build on the knowledge children have gained in the Early Years, and the children continue to enjoy specialist lessons for Music, PE and Games, French, Library and Drama. In Year 2 the children also have DT and Cookery lessons with specialist teachers as well.

We follow a creative curriculum to stimulate the children’s interests and learning through different topics. We promote being part of a team and working together and I believe this is very evident throughout Pre-Prep. Kindness is valued, practised and taught which inspires children to have a go and learn from their mistakes. We encourage resilience and increasing levels of independence within a safe and caring environment.

The creative curriculum topics each term are carefully chosen by the teaching team to capture the children’s imagination and form the basis for much of their learning in English, Science, History, Geography and The Arts. Maths skills are taught and developed with a strong emphasis on applying skills through investigations and word problems. We promote active learning and encourage a high level of pupil engagement in each lesson.

Reading, Spelling and Maths homework are set on a regular basis. Physical activities are highly valued in the curriculum and the boys and girls have the opportunity to develop their skills through lessons and a wide range of extra curricular clubs.

The children enjoy a number of educational visits and visitors to enhance their learning including regular trips to Forest School. Opportunities to take part in year group assemblies, plays and concerts throughout the year provide the children with the chance to share their learning with others. During circle time activities the children and their teachers take part in fun games and activities designed to increase self-awareness, awareness of others, self-esteem, co-operation, team building, listening skills and resilience.

Mrs Pippa McConnell
Head of Pre-Prep

Where Next

Year 6 Success

We are incredibly proud of our Year 6 children who have gained places at a fantastic array of Senior Schools as well as being offered an impressive number of Scholarships and Awards – well done to all of them!

For more information,
please visit our Academic Results page HERE.