Welcome to Pre-Prep

Welcome to St Andrew’s Pre-Prep

All children are born with a natural love for exploring, discovering and learning.  At St Andrew's, we feed children’s natural enthusiasm and encourage happy, confident learners through our Pre-Prep education.  Our experienced Pre-Prep team provide a strong foundation for pupils to achieve academically and to build on the wealth of opportunities available to them as they move through the School. Average class sizes are 14, and pupils benefit from specialist teachers in many subjects including PE, ICT and French.


We are delighted to announce that from September 2022, our youngest pupils, ‘Acorns’, will be able to start Nursery at the beginning of the term that they turn three, either on a part-time or full-time basis, to help them flourish into ‘Oaks’. Children then go on to join Reception from aged four.  Parents can read the School's Nursery Admissions Criteria here.

Secure space, adventurous outdoors

Our Pre-Prep classrooms are housed in purpose-designed buildings that offers a safe and secure environment for them to learn in. Outdoors, the children love playing in the Nursery's safe and secure gardens, and Pre-Prep's adventure playground, the bicycle play area and giant sand pit. All Prep-Prep enjoy daily adventures in the School woods too.

We embed in our pupils a strong set of values, highlighting curiosity, courage, collaboration, compassion, creativity and commitment.  These are evident in everything we do, whether it is work or play.

Pre-Prep School Day

Nursery: Mornings run from 8.30 am to 12.00 pm or until 1.00 pm with lunch. Afternoon sessions run from 1.00 pm - 3.30 pm.  Four year olds can stay until 6.00 pm.

The Reception to Year 2 School day runs from 8.00 am - 3.30 pm, however we have designed our provision to support working families and so Breakfast club is available from 7.30 am and Pre-Prep daily clubs and tea club run until 6.00 pm. Both do need to be pre-booked.

Parent “I love that the teachers get to know my children, as individuals. They know what motivates them, how to cheer them up, how to keep them on task, what they're good at, when they need help versus when they need encouragement to do it themselves.”
Parent “Good academic teaching with small class sizes means that St Andrew's achieves.”