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The Pre-Prep department was opened in September 1993 and caters for girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 7 years. Our aim is to give the children a broad and balanced start to their education and the confidence to achieve their potential in a happy, industrious and stimulating environment. We seek to bring out the best in every pupil, to develop skills and talents, and to encourage good manners and behaviour. Experienced and qualified staff encourage and watch over the emotional, social, cultural, physical and intellectual development of the individual child.
In Pre-Prep we strive to achieve a positive, caring ethos. We have Assembly every day, during which we sing together, listen to stories from the Bible and other sources, and pray for ourselves and for the needs of others.These occasions are valued by us all, as times of reflection and spiritual growth. The children enjoy showing their concern for others in many ways and by supporting a variety of good causes, such as Jeans for Genes Day and the NSPCC. The religious and social teaching within the Pre-Prep aims to increase the children's self esteem and citizenship. We celebrate birthdays, special events and successes in ways that build a sense of community and purpose.
The classrooms are well equipped and cheerful, reflecting the current topics of learning while displaying the activities completed by the children.
Children who are aged between 7 and 11, Key Stage 2, are based in our Junior Department, housed in St. Margaret's. We have eight forms, comprising of two parallel classes in each year group.
Their Junior Department years are a time to extend and develop their independence as well as their knowledge and understanding and so, as they progress through from Year 3 to Year 6, they are taught by more and more specialist subject staff. The transition between the Pre-Preparatory Department and the Junior Department is carefully structured to make the move easy for the girls.
The Junior Department pupils have their own playground and dining facilities but, as they move towards their Senior years they make increasing use of Senior School facilities. Whilst it is not an automatic transition between the Junior and Senior School, our pupils are well prepared for the challenges they will meet in the Senior School and the majority of our pupils will remain at Talbot Heath until the end of their Senior education.
Our teaching is in line with the National Curriculum and the subject pages will give you a little insight into what we cover in many areas.
The life of any school is rich and varied and their extra curricular activities add an important depth to their education.
The Senior School at Talbot Heath takes girls from the age of 11.
Many of these pupils transfer from our own Junior School, but a considerable number of girls also join Talbot Heath from other local schools at this point.
We also offer places at 12+ and 13+ and do all we can to ensure that for all girls, the transition to the Senior School is as smooth as possible.
Entrance to Senior School is by our own examination for all girls including those from Talbot Heath Junior School.
All candidates sit papers in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. At 12+, 13+ and 14+ there is also a French examination. In exceptional circumstances an alternative first foreign language may be offered.
Girls are usually tested at Talbot Heath in January, but they may take the examinations at their present school or at another time by arrangement. A report from the Headteacher of the candidate's present school is requested as part of the entrance procedure.
Talbot Heath’s Sixth Form welcomes all girls with a sound basis of subjects at GCSE level who wish to pursue more advanced studies.
We offer a wide range of Advanced level courses from which students select usually four to study to AS level in the Lower Sixth. In the Upper Sixth we would expect girls to study three or four subjects mostly at A2 level with, perhaps, a new subject at AS.
Our Sixth Form timetable is, to some extent, built around individual choices, so many subject combinations are possible. We do, however, urge girls to discuss options with parents, staff and careers advisers to ensure that each individual's programme of study is suited to her aptitude and future plans.
The Sixth Form offers existing Talbot Heath pupils the benefit of continuing their education in a familiar, friendly atmosphere, thus facilitating the progress from GCSE to A level. Every year we also welcome a number of girls from other schools who quickly make new friends and settle into life in the Sixth Form.
Our purpose built boarding houses are situated on the school campus, in St Mary's House.
The surroundings are comfortable, with younger boarders occupying bright, spacious dormitories and older girls residing in single study bedrooms. Ample facilities for recreation, study and leisure are available to all.
All boarders share in privileges and responsibilities appropriate to their age, and enjoy a high level of pastoral care by qualified house staff.
Full or weekly boarding options are available, and provision may be made for day girls on a flexible or occasional basis to meet the particular needs of the family.
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