Pre-Prep

Overview

Our Pre-Prep Department (age 3 – 7)

At Bramley we believe that the key to girls’ success is confidence, self-esteem and happiness. To promote these aims we create a kind and caring atmosphere for each girl and address their individual needs. We have a strong Personal, Social and Emotional Development Programme linked with meaningful Pre-Prep assemblies, which foster care and consideration for others and a clear code of behaviour.

The Pre-Prep Department consists of four classes: Little Bramley, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Pre-Prep classrooms are located on the ground floor and each is well equipped. The girls are encouraged to make the most of the outside climbing facilities, and play areas are supplied with beanbags, balls, balancing toys and skipping ropes to encourage energetic play.

In these formative years, we place particular emphasis on reading. Reading is taught from Little Bramley using phonics so that single and combined sounds are built up gradually and comprehensively. Girls read on a daily basis to their teachers and progress is monitored through use of a reading diary, which passes between teachers and parents. Mathematics is taught with equal emphasis on written and mental calculations. Practical activities allow the girls to build on their understanding of numbers as well as helping them to develop the use of appropriate mathematical language.

The broad-based curriculum followed in the Pre-Preparatory Department includes Science, Computing, Humanities (History, Geography and Religious Education), Art and Design Technology, Music, French (from Year 1), PE and Games. Girls benefit from a full PE Programme, which includes Games, Netball Skills, Gymnastics, Dance, Ballet and Tap. Qualified Physical Education teachers and specialist teachers teach these activities.

Music and Drama are integral to the curriculum and girls perform to parents at least three times a year. Year 1 and 2 combine to form the Junior Choir.

Educational visits are arranged throughout the year to complement the topics covered within the classroom.

Excellent relationships between parents, teachers and girls are fostered from the very beginning. Teachers operate an ‘open door’ policy whereby parents can arrange to speak to teachers whenever the need arises. Formal feedback of progress is through two written reports in each academic year, regular parents’ evenings and weekly newsletters.

There is no formal selection procedure for girls who wish to join the Pre-Prep Department although pupils joining in the years above Reception age are invited to spend the day with the class, at which time an informal assessment of each prospective pupil’s needs is made.

Extended Day Care

At Bramley School, we provide the following extended day care for your daughter:

Breakfast Club

This is available to all girls in the Dining Room from 7.45am to 8.15am. Breakfast will consist of cereal, toast and milk. The girls are registered as soon as they arrive and they are looked after by a senior member of staff. The charge for Breakfast Club is £3 (no breakfast) or £4 (with breakfast) per day.

Early Morning Club

This is available to all girls in the Dining Room from 8.15am to 8.30am where they are supervised by a member of staff. There is no charge for Early Morning Club.

Discoverers’ Club

This after school club is for girls aged rising 3-7 years from 3pm to 5.30pm. Discoverers is led by two Early Years Specialist members of staff who plan activities to suit this age group. The charges are £6.75 an hour, £15.50 for 3pm to 5.30pm or £1.75 per quarter of an hour.

Extra-Curricular Activities

These activities are for girls of all ages and they take place from 4pm until 5pm. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are held and charges vary.

Extra-Curricular

Extra-curricular activities provide a wonderful opportunity for girls to broaden their horizons and explore their individual interests and talents. They are crucial in developing each girl’s confidence and self-esteem and help promote a varied and all-round education. To download a full list of this terms activities please click here

Ballet

This is taught by the Karen Robinson School of Dancing and is available to girls from Little Bramley upwards. Lessons are currently held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the latest ones finishing at 4:20pm. Girls have the opportunity to take ballet examinations and all participate in regular shows.

Choir

There are two choirs – Junior Choir is for Years 1 and 2 and Senior Choir is for Lowers to Tops (9-11 year olds). Children perform on many occasions, both in school and at festivals.

Spanish Club

Spanish Club is held for all girls from Year 1 to Tops who may choose to attend. The classes are at different times of the day and details can be obtained from the School Office.

Speech & Drama

Classes are available from Year 2 upwards and are taught by Mrs Vicky Speed. Lessons are held in small groups to inspire confidence and communication skills through a variety of performance-based activities. There is an opportunity to take yearly examinations with LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

Tap Dancing

This is also taught by the Karen Robinson School of Dancing. Girls from Year 2 upwards may join these classes, which are held during break times or after school hours. Tap dancing is included in the dance shows.

Gymnastics

Gymnastics coaching takes place on Tuesday evening. Qualified gymnastics coaches from DK Gymnastics teach the girls. Please ask the School Office for further details.

Games Coaching

These take place after school as timetabled.

PlayBall

These are physical education and skills lessons for the Little Bramley, Reception and Year 1 girls led by a qualified instructor. Please ask the School Office for further details.

Tennis

Tennis coaching takes place on a Thursday evening during the Summer Term and up to the October Half Term. A qualified tennis coach teaches the girls. Please ask for details at the School Office.

Recorder

Bramley has beginner, intermediate and advanced groups who perform in concerts and assemblies. Most woodwind and brass instruments are too large and heavy for young children to learn and whilst you can start to learn the piano or violin from a relatively young age, you need to wait a little longer to learn a “blown” instrument.  The recorder however is light and makes a sound even when not blown correctly.  Girls enjoy the experience of making music together without having to have perfect technique from the early stages.

Flute

I currently teach flute, singing and music theory. All these 3 can be entered for ABRSM exams. Year 6 musicians are prepared for senior school music scholarships. Descant and treble recorders are also taught for the exams. Current and past pupils are active in the music industry – classical, pop, theatre and teaching.
Please contact Alison O’Gorman on 07932 279394 or e mail admin@wesm.co.uk

Guitar

Bramley Saturday Guitar/ Music School was established 7 years ago teaching all types of guitar playing from classical through to electric. Students have achieved some creditable grades in instrumental exams offered by Trinity/Guildhall (classical); RGT (acoustic steel strung guitar); and Rock School (electric guitar). Most students work towards exams at regular intervals as a good marker of their progress.
In addition to guitar teaching Jonathan offers tuition on the bass guitar, the ukulele and also the piano.
Lessons are available to Bramley girls, their siblings and members of the wider local community both children and adults.
Please contact Jonathan Rayner by email jonathanrayner@hotmail.com

Piano

Individual piano lessons are offered to girls from Year 1 upwards.
Please contact Mrs Ryalls directly on 01737 213289 or e mail cmryalls@ntlworld.com

Violin

Violin lessons are available on an individual or shared basis (subject to availability). Girls can start learning from Year 2 upwards.
Please contact Mr Morten, Head of Music.

Pastoral Care

Girls are learning all the time, not just through their academic subjects but also in the way that they communicate with others and the way that they conduct themselves within the wider community.

Pastoral care of the girls at Bramley School is paramount. Class teachers and form teachers are responsible for the care and happiness of each child and an ‘Open Door’ policy exists which allows parents easy access to meet with the teacher should the need arise.

Assemblies are an important part of the school day, when the staff and children come together to reflect on Christian values and provide an opportunity for children to reflect and develop their emotional literacy skills. Whilst the majority of acts of worship in our school are Christian, other religions are also recognised in our assemblies. Assemblies take on a weekly theme, such as listening to other people, contributing to the community and understanding  British values. There are class assemblies on a Thursday, when the theme is reinforced.

Curriculum time is dedicated to Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship allowing further reflection time and this, combined with the assemblies, allows girls to develop socially, morally and ethically.

The ‘Open Door’ policy allows parents easy access to members of staff and parents are actively encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life.

The Headmistress is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL and Child Protection Officer); and Mrs Sarah Nunn is our Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL and Deputy Child Protection Officer).

Mrs Kate Butt and Mrs Emma Turbervill are our Heads of Pastoral Care.

Learning Support

Girls with special educational needs are identified early in their academic career. Intervention programmes are provided to support girls in the areas that they need. Girls are also supported by a Special Needs Teacher (SENCO).

Where appropriate, Individual Action Plans are drawn up for pupils to work towards targets which are supported in school by staff and at home by parents.

In addition to differentiated work in all lessons, girls identified as Gift & Talented are given opportunities throughout the year to excel in particular subjects through extra clubs and responsibilities.