Prep I

Prep I (Reception) provision is Outstanding (ISI Inspection Report).  Girls make exceptional progress because they benefit from excellent teaching delivered by the Head of Pre-Preps and Preps and from the most highly qualified level of teaching assistants. This is a stimulating, inspirational environment enabling the strongest possible start. Prep pupils benefit from a newly refurbished Prep and Junior Library and a Breakout room for smaller group sessions.

Our next Whole School Open Day is on Saturday 13th October 2018. Register now to attend.

We hold ‘School in Action’ mornings for Nursery and Preps (Reception-Year 2) where parents are able to learn about our Outstanding (ISI rated) EYFS department.  The Headteacher, Mrs Raffray greets and welcomes parents to this special event and the Head of Preps and Pre-Preps, Miss Keane, gives a short presentation about our Nursery and Preps I, II and III.  Guided tours of the school and grounds are  conducted following the presentation and you will have the opportunity to speak to the Registrar and Admissions Team following the tours.

Please see our Prep I Booklet for information on getting started.

Prep I follow the EYFS Curriculum with its seven areas of Learning and Development – three prime areas – Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, and four specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

In Prep I there is a strong emphasis on developing core skills. It is during this year that children learn to read, to write and to become numerate. Daily Literacy, Phonics and Mathematics sessions focus on teaching the skills that children need to develop in order to think and communicate effectively in these areas.

In addition, specialist teachers take Prep I each week for PE, Music, Ballet and ‘Little Languages’ lessons so that they experience a rich and stimulating curriculum. Prep I join Nursery each week for Forest School sessions which take place outside in our extensive grounds so that children can gain a deeper understanding of our world in a natural learning environment.

Prep I girls benefit, across the curriculum, from working with older girls throughout the school.

School lunches are prepared and freshly cooked on the premises and offer a range of meals including a vegetarian option, salads, sandwiches, as well as desserts and fresh fruit.  Lunch is eaten in one of the school refectories under close supervision from staff.  In addition there is a Breakfast Club serving breakfast from 8 am and an Ofsted registered After-School Club offering extended care for children until 6 pm.


Miss E Keane (B.A. QTS)
Miss Keane is Head of Preps and Pre-Preps at St Augustine’s Priory and is a Prep I Form Teacher. She is also Designated Teacher for Safeguarding in the Preps and EYFS SENCO. She joined St Augustine’s Priory in September 2008. Her special interests include Music and developing children’s creativity and critical thinking.  She values ‘the daily opportunities for growing and learning with the children.’

Miss J Corr (Cache Level 3 Diploma)
Miss Corr is an Early Years Educator in Prep I. She joined St Augustine’s Priory in November 2014. ‘I enjoy this challenging age as it involves promoting their independence and getting involved with their early learning skills. I like working with all different types of activities and areas of learning including messy play.’

Mrs P O’Connell (D.P.P.)
Mrs O’ Connell is an Early Years Educator in Prep I. She also runs the Breakfast Club each morning. She joined St Augustine’s Priory in April 1999. During her time here she has worked with a variety of age groups, however she most enjoys the challenge of working with Prep I. Her special interests include observing the growth of the child’s confidence and social skills. Her favourite thing about working here is ‘that each child presents a different challenge and each child is unique with particular needs.’