Pre-Prep (2-7 years)

The Pre-Prep School Day

Our Pre-Prep school day is designed to accommodate the needs of very young children whilst offering wraparound care for parents if required. Parents can choose how much or how little they would like their son or daughter to take part in and choices can be adapted depending on the stamina and needs of each individual child.

Early Morning/Breakfast Club:

Our classroom doors are open from 8.20am ready for us to welcome our children for their school day. However if parents need to drop their children off earlier than this, Pennthorpe runs a very successful Breakfast Club in the main Dining Room. This session runs from 7.30am and is a wonderful cosy, home from home way to start the day. During this time, the children have the opportunity to have a wholesome breakfast with a range of foods. In the Honey Pot and Beehive we offer a flexible start to the day with parents being able to drop their children off from 8.20am until the register is taken at 9.00am.

For Honey Pot and Beehive, the morning ends at 12.30pm which includes a cooked lunch and afternoon sessions, at 3pm.

Snack Time:

Snacks! Always an attention holding topic for little ones (and bigger ones too!) and vital to keep them going through the school day! In the Pre-Prep, we provide a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack to all children. All children are gently encouraged to eat a variety of fresh fruit during morning and afternoon snack times. The Honey Pot and Beehive children have toast during the morning session, whilst all other children will be able to choose between a home-made delicacy such as a flapjack or shortbread, accompanied by a choice of milk or water to drink.


All pupils go outside during break and lunchtimes to play unless there are adverse weather conditions. The children benefit from an exciting woodland area in which they can explore, climb trees and build dens to name but a few as well as the many play areas around the campus.


The children eat healthy and nutritious meals, prepared daily (from scratch) on site. Our experienced and much-loved catering team know the children individually and ensure that everyone eats a hearty meal. Dining is a social time, where children chat about their day and try new food experiences. Manners and etiquette are modeled and encouraged at all times.

End of the School Day:

Children are dismissed individually to their parents or carer at the end of the day. Our school aged children are dismissed with a handshake and a “Good Afternoon”. We are more than happy to discuss anything you would like to ask, or hear concerns, at this point in the day. Children in Honeypot, Beehive and Reception finish at 3pm with Year 1 and 2 finishing their day at 3.30pm.

Wraparound Care Arrangements:

At Pennthorpe, we pride ourselves on our wraparound care; from our tiny ones right up to our oldest young people. Parents can choose between our After School Club (aka Flexiday) or a range of extra-curricular clubs (aka Flexiday Activities); both of which enable flexibility for parents who need to pick children up later than the end of their child’s school day. Our After School Club is designed to provide supervision for children whilst they are encouraged to play, read or relax. Our youngest pupils, including Year 1, will be based in Beehive until 5.00pm and will receive a light tea there.

Our Year 2 children are based in the After 4 Room in the Main Building, again enjoying a range of activities, both inside and out. Tea is available for all children at 5.00pm in the main dining room. Bookings, for all wraparound care options, are made via the Parent Portal, and booking should be undertaken early to avoid disappointment.

Wrap around care is open until 7.00pm, supporting those parents who require additional support due to work or other commitments.

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