Our Prep Department (age 7 – 11)
Our Prep curriculum follows the National Curriculum and extends to cover the requirements of Common Entrance and Senior School Examinations, which the girls sit at the age of eleven.
This broad curriculum includes English, Mathematics, Science, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, Computing, French, Latin (Year 6), Humanities (History, Geography,Religious Education), Design Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Games. We also have a strong Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship programme. An Enrichment hour has been introduced to broaden the creativity within the timetable.
Prep pupils are taught by specialist staff and enjoy the use of a dedicated Science Laboratory, Computing suite and well-resourced Library.
Lessons are planned to allow teachers and assistants to extend the able children and to support those that require extra help.
The high standard of facilities, along with expert teaching, enables each girl to make the most of every learning opportunity.
A wide range of extra-curricular activities and sport allow each girl to follow her talents and interests outside the classroom.
Strong Pastoral Care
Each girl has a form teacher, responsible for her pastoral care. The girls report to their form teacher at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day for registration, reading and formtime discussion. This provides an opportunity for the girls to reflect on their learning and to check their homework diaries. Form teachers maintain an ‘open door’ policy so that parents can speak to them whenever the need arises.
We are passionately committed to ensuring each of our pupils achieves her full potential. As each girl progresses through the school she is carefully monitored and her academic progress tracked. Individual attention is given to each girl to ensure her academic and social development progresses in line with the schools expectations.
We have a strong system of team points and merits and dedicate assembly time to celebrate achievement in all aspects of school life. We keep parents informed of their daughter’s progress with ‘interim grades,’ pupil reports and parents’ evenings.
Progressing To Senior School
Teachers consult with parents at an early stage to ensure that each girl is fully prepared for the senior school of their choice.
Bramley prepares girls for all of these senior schools:
- Nonsuch High School for Girls
- Reigate Grammar School
- Woldingham School, Reigate Grammar School
- Wallington High School for Girls
- St John’s School Leatherhead
- Epsom College
- City of London Freemen’s School
- Caterham School
- Benenden School
- Sevenoaks School
- Sutton High School for Girls
- Box Hill School
- St Teresa’s School
- Wycombe Abbey
- Rosebery School
- St Andrew’s School
- Greenacre School for Girls
- Francis Holland School
- Marymount International School
- Dunottar School
Extended Day Care
At Bramley School, we provide the following extended day care for your daughter:
This is available to all girls in the Dining Room from 7.45am to 8.15am. Breakfast will consist of cereal, toast, yoghurt 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.
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.
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.
This is provided for girls in Years 3 to 6 from 5pm until 5.30pm. Girls who stay for Late Provision will attend Homework Club or Extra-Curricular Activities until 5pm and then they will go to a member of the Senior Leadership Team where they will be looked after until 5.30pm. There is no charge for Late Provision.
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.
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. Girls have the opportunity to take ballet examinations and all participate in an annual show.
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 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).
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. Tap dancing is included in the dance shows.
Gymnastics coaching takes place on Tuesday evening. Qualified gymnastics coaches from DK Gymnastics teach the girls. Please ask the School Office for further details.
Netball, Rounders, Athletics Matches & Coaching
These take place after school at appropriate times and girls may be selected to represent the School in home or away matches. An occasional Saturday morning match is played. Parents receive notification of matches a week in advance, once the teams have been chosen.
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.
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.
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 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Individual piano lessons are offered to girls from Year 1 upwards.
Please contact Mrs Ryalls directly on 01737 213289 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 Mrs Sarah Nunn is our Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL).
Mrs Kate Butt and Mrs Emma Turbervill are our Heads of Pastoral Care.
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.