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Pre-School & Pre-Prep

The Pre-School and Pre-Prep years are vital in a pupil’s development and at Read School we foster a child’s natural curiosity and a love of learning through rich, fun and varied activities.

The Pre-School and Pre-Prep are situated on the main school site, in the Shipley building. With three large, light and airy classrooms, a safe outdoor play area and more modern facilities, this is a fantastic place for the Pre-School and Pre-Prep children to begin their school careers, providing a safe, happy and stimulating environment.

Improved outdoor play areas have been provided for the children to enjoy, thanks to the efforts of the Parents' & Friends' Association. 


All Pre-School children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Early Years Inspection, April 2015

An intermediate inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in April 2015 found that 'overall, the quality and standards here are good with some outstanding features.'

The inspection team was very complimentary about the provision made for our 2-5 year olds, finding that 'personal development progress is outstanding' and that 'provision for children's wellbeing is outstanding, the children are happy and enjoy school.'  It is good to know that the hard work of our Early Years staff is recognised, and that they 'have high expectations, with stimulating activities that motivate and excite the pupils.' Our children have always been a credit to the school and their parents and it was gratifying to have this also flagged up by the inspectors as ' the children's excellent behaviour is a feature of their outstanding personal and social development.'

The full report can  be read by clicking here or by visiting the Inspection Reports link on the right hand side of the page.


  • Government frameworks for learning provide a guideline but teaching is not dictated by these or used in isolation
  • Basic skills in number, writing, spelling and reading form the core of morning work
  • In the Pre-Prep, afternoon topic work consists of history, geography, science and religious studies; these subjects reinforce the basic skills
  • Children are introduced to language learning from entry in to the school, with French being taught at a basic level
  • Small intimate learning groups promote self esteem and enquiring minds within a vibrant, exciting learning environment based on the ideal of an extended family community

Why choose Read School Pre-School and Pre-Prep?

We foster a strong sense of family community and spirit where the priority is to nurture the individual child to fulfil their full potential. Small learning groups and the independent school ethos help to promote self-esteem and expression and develop the enquiring mind. Individuals are encouraged to succeed and we share and celebrate these achievements but we also encourage a sense of teamwork.

We offer a wide-ranging and diverse activities programme in addition to those experienced and taught in the classroom so children become well-rounded individuals.