At Hurst Prep, value is placed on an education which takes the best from traditional and modern methods. Classes are taught in an ordered environment with structured lessons designed to stretch and challenge every child.
A variety of teaching methods are used to ensure that every type of learner performs to his/her best ability.
Curriculum and timetable
We believe that high expectations are the key to high achievement. The curriculum is broad and, although we take the National Curriculum as our base, we exceed this in many ways.
Our timetable is in line with the Senior School which creates greater fluidity between the two teaching environments. Lessons are of one hour duration and the timetable extends over two weeks known as week A and week B.
In the first full week of the Michaelmas Term we hold a welcome evening where all parents are invited to come into their child’s classroom and meet with other parents and the form tutor. A curriculum booklet is given out which informs parents of the content of their child’s education and gives them useful information, such as the timetable and timings of lessons.
Years 3 to 6
In Years 3 and 4, English, Maths, Geography, History, RS, Art, PSHCEE and Latin are delivered by the form teacher in their form rooms; Science, French, Music, Drama, Games, PE and Swimming are taught by specialist teachers.
From Year 5, the curriculum is taught by subject specialists and children move from class to class.
In Years 3 to 6 every child has one hour of English and Maths every day, and are set according to ability - movement between these sets is regularly reviewed.
Years 7 and 8
Year 7 and 8 pupils study the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, French, Spanish, RS and Latin. In addition, all pupils are taught Art, Design Technology, Drama, Games, ICT, Music, PE and PSHCEE.
Pupils are placed in sets according to their ability in Maths, English, Science, Latin, French, Geography and History. Our focus, through our monitoring and grading system, is on pupil’s individual improvement.
Pupils are prepared for entrance exams to the Senior School, which are devised to ensure the best preparation possible for subsequent public examinations. Where required, some pupils will have extra English or Maths lessons instead of Latin.
Assessment and monitoring
All children have regular assessments in class. We use a number of standardised tests to monitor pupils’ progress as they pass through the school. The NFER Progress in Maths, Reading and Diagnostic spelling tests in English, provide information on pupil’s progress.
Year 7 and 8 pupils follow the Hurst Entrance Examination Curriculum. They have examinations in the Lent term and at the end of the Summer term. They also have key pieces of work assessed in each subject throughout the academic year. The examination and assessment results will be used to assess suitability for the Senior School.
Year 8 pupils have Lent Term exams and from these pupils are selected for Academic Scholarship. Pupils take a range of cognitive tests, sit a general paper and are asked to prepare a research study for a presentation to a panel of Senior School staff. The Hurst Scholarship examinations are taken at the same time as the Hurst Exam at the end of the Summer term.