Academic excellence is highly valued. As an independent school we are able to develop our curriculum in the best interests of our children. We regularly review our teaching and methods in the light of guidelines and directions from the government.
Our teaching schemes have been carefully chosen and we liaise closely with the principle publishers of educational materials to ensure that our resources meet the requirements of a modern curriculum.
We formally assess the children twice each year. This information allows us to monitor progress and give support where necessary. The results of these tests are reported to parents.
Religious Education and moral training are central to our teaching which is based on the principles of the Gospel. Liturgical celebration, both Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic, is at the heart of life at the heart of life at Loreto Prep School. Assemblies, too, are an important feature of school life.
There is a well-established Sacramental Programme in the school, enabling parents and teachers to work together to prepare children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
All children are required to follow the Religious Education Programme and appreciation, respect and tolerance of other faiths is encouraged.
We offer a wide range of opportunities from classroom activities to instrumental tuition, offered in recorder, guitar, piano and a variety of orchestral instruments, provided by a team of experienced staff.
Our musicians encourage and support each other. At times, impromptu groups, rehearsing new material can be heard on a daily basis in almost every corner of the school. Our children find music making an enjoyable and rewarding experience which is reflected in their enthusiasm and commitment.
All children leave us with an ability to perform at some level on a musical instrument; most with certificates of merit awarded internally. Others achieve success in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations held annually at the school.
Education of the whole person must include physical development alongside development in other curriculum areas.
In Loreto Prep there is a well-developed programme of sports and physical education which, in addition to promoting a healthy life-style, enables our pupils to accept success and failure graciously and to co-operate with others using their best qualities to contribute to the greater good of the whole group.
In addition to class lessons in gymnastics and games skills there is a wide range of extra-curricular activities including netball, rounders, cross-country, athletics and swimming. Pupils compete in local and national sporting events, achieving excellent results.
We are developing and modernising our Information & Communications Technology. We have an interactive whiteboard which is used in our computer suite to teach computer skills. We use broadband technology and all junior children are taught to use the internet safely.
They are also taught to touchtype using a programme designed for children - although adults find it fun to join in too.
The girls are learning to use a range of digital technology such as digital cameras.