The Prep School provides an academically challenging environment which is vibrant, happy, creative and stimulating. Its teachers have high expectations but equally foster a nurturing environment in order to promote pupils’ academic growth and to provide the support they need in order to make excellent progress in their studies.
The school encourages its pupils to develop intellectual independence and an enduring love of learning for its own sake, equipping them for the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The programmes of study at the Prep School extend beyond the National Curriculum.They include not only the full range of academic subjects but also a wide variety of physical and creative experiences. Pupils benefit from opportunities to exercise initiative, develop team-working skills, and participate in visits beyond the classroom. The curriculum not only supports pupils’ academic progress but also fosters in them awareness and understanding of a range of spiritual, moral, cultural and social issues. In this way, it promotes their development into compassionate, empathetic and confident individuals.
Because pupils will not undertake SATs in Year 6 at the Prep School, they will have the opportunity to benefit from an exciting, wide-ranging and challenging scheme of work after sitting their senior-school entrance examinations. It is envisaged that Year 5 and Year 6 pupils will be increasingly involved in the life and work of the Senior School during these years, not only giving them extended opportunities to stretch themselves academically but also equipping them to make a successful transition to Year 7 in due course.Please click here to download a copy of our Prospectus for a full outline of subjects that are taught at the Prep School.
The Prep School works closely with the College’s Teaching and Learning Department to help pupils with specific learning needs to understand and master aspects of the curriculum they find challenging. The Teaching and Learning Department also collaborates with class teachers in identifying gifted and talented pupils, devising programmes which ensure that the breadth of enrichment opportunities offered meets their diverse requirements and that these pupils are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Immanuel College is committed to making the appropriate provision to meet the requirements of any pupil with a statement of special educational need and to support any pupil who has English as an additional language. The College reserves the right to make an additional charge for such provision.
At Immanuel College, the happiness and welfare of every pupil is of the utmost importance. In March 2010, the inspection team of the Independent Schools Inspectorate noted ‘the excellent quality of pastoral care’ at the school and commented on how ‘the outstanding support and guidance that the pupils receive is rooted in the excellent relationships between all at the school’. The Prep School benefits hugely from the exceptional expertise that Immanuel College has developed in terms of its pastoral care of pupils. To this end, the Prep School teachers work closely with the Director of Pastoral Education at the Senior School, Mrs Beth Kerr, and her team.
As with the Senior School, the Prep School provides an environment in which all its members feel safe, valued and respected. Every pupil is encouraged to acquire a sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others, accept personal responsibility for his or her actions, and treat all property with due care, irrespective of its ownership. The school celebrates achievement and promotes pupils’ achievement through praise whenever appropriate. Behaviour that undermines the happy environment that is such a hallmark of Immanuel College life, such as bullying, insensitivity, discrimination, bad language or acts of intolerance, is not accepted.
By knowing every child socially, emotionally and academically, we can be sure that each pupil will flourish and acquire the confidence and self-belief to achieve a fulfilling and successful future.
Imagine a school where pupils have a love for Jewish practice and traditions.
Imagine a prep school that offers a modern orthodox Jewish education which gives pupils a detailed understanding of Jewish customs and practices, access to and understanding of Biblical and Rabbinical texts and a love for Israel. The school calendar reflects the rich and varied rhythms of the Jewish year, while the school day includes Tefillah (prayer) and opportunities for Jewish study. Pupils at the prep school benefit from Immanuel College’s Jewish Studies Department, led by Rabbi David Riffkin, Deputy Head: Jewish Life and Learning. Pupils also extend and deepen their Jewish studies at Immanuel College’s Beit HaMidrash (Jewish study centre).
The Jewish Studies curriculum is broad and balanced and covers Siddur, Torah, Jewish general knowledge and halacha (Jewish law). Pupils learn the prayers for Shacharit, Shabbat and Chaggim (festivals), so that they are able to participate in family and synagogue services. Pupils are taught the skills required to gain an understanding of Hebrew texts. Life at the prep school ensures that pupils gain practical experience of preparations for Shabbat, Chagim (which fall in term time), Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) and Yom Yerushalyim (Jerusalem Day). Jewish life at the prep school is strengthened by activities in art, craft and design, music and drama which relate to Jewish practice and history. Pupils are also taught to recognise and practise chesed (kindness) and tzedakah (integrity and charity) through classroom discussion, storytelling and activities to raise funds for charity.