Claremont Fan Court Preparatory School
Claremont Fan Court is a co-educational day school which offers a well-rounded education with an emphasis on the acquisition of valuable life skills and character qualities. The Prep School has 160 girls and boys aged 7-11 and is affiliated to the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).
An outline of the curriculum, as well as other facets of education on offer at Claremont Fan Court, are attached below. However, a greater understanding of the school can be derived by visiting our website (www.claremont-school.co.uk) or, of course, by visiting us. Situated within 100 acres of historically and culturally rich parkland, Claremont Fan Court Preparatory School is a wonderful place to explore learning, make friends and gain life skills.
The key learning areas of our curriculum encompass: English and Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities with Integrated Units of Inquiry, Mathematics and Investigative Problem Solving, Music, Physical Education and Games, Religious Studies, Science and Technology (including Food Technology) and Visual Arts (including Textiles). Character Education (including PSHE) and Information Communications Technology (and Thinking Skills) are integral components within the curriculum and are outlined in more detail below.
Character Education is at the core of all that we learn at Claremont Fan Court. It forms the foundation upon which all else is built. Each month the school focuses on a character quality. Examples of these include: Patience, Love, Wisdom and Respect. There is a two year cycle of qualities which permeate school life both in and out of the classroom. Themes are supported through form periods, assemblies, charity days and guest speakers - as well as through the delivery of carefully constructed lessons. In religious education, lessons are multi-faith in nature and study religious thought from the major world religions. Pupils are welcome from all faiths or none.
Information Communications Technology plays a pivotal role within the prep school. Its creative, educational use within an integrated curriculum is a natural expectation. All children have a laptop as part of the Claremont Laptop Programme and this supports our aim to foster the development of independent learners who are critical and astute users of this technology and who recognise when it is the most appropriate tool for a particular task.
Children are given the opportunity to undertake choral work, theory, appreciation, music technology and to try a variety of instruments. All pupils in Years 3 and 4 are taught the violin as a core part of the music curriculum. Approximately half the school choose to participate in the Prep school choir and a select few are nominated to represent the school in the Chamber Choir. A number of peripatetic teachers offer tuition in various instruments and children have the chance to perform in front of their peers and parents in regular concerts. Children are taught creative arts as part of the curriculum and the standard of work on display is typically outstanding. In addition to a dedicated prep school art room, pupils are also able to use the excellent facilities of the senior school. Drama is given a high profile at the prep school and children perform regularly in class assemblies. There is also a showpiece school production in the summer term which tends to involve most of the boys and girls from the top two years. Again, specialists from the senior school assist prep school staff with the preparation and delivery of this event.
Pupils participate in twice-weekly PE lessons, taught by specialists, which enhance coordination, skill, stamina and teamwork. There are also three extended games afternoons with qualified coaches and members of the teaching staff. Fixtures against other schools are organised across the age and ability range and there is also plenty of opportunity for inter-house competitions.
The following sports are the main ones for each term:
Autumn: Football, Netball, Lacrosse, Cross-Country Running
Spring: Rugby, Hockey, Basketball
Summer: Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Swimming, Tennis
Character Education is at the heart of the educational programme at Claremont Fan Court. Educating the whole person necessarily involves every aspect of the individual - the intellectual, the creative, the social, the moral, the physical and the spiritual. At Claremont Fan Court we place Character Education at the centre of the educational process thus creating a foundation for developing the God-given potential of our pupils. Growth in right-thinking and acting opens the way to a more truthful and expansive way of looking at oneself and others, providing a new perspective on perceived limitations and capabilities.
We have developed a unique programme for teaching character at Claremont Fan Court. This programme focuses specifically on a set of core values and recognises that developing these requires a comprehensive educational approach. This process relies on genuine and close relationships within the school community. The strength of these relationships provides the foundation for promoting good character within the context of real life issues. We expect all members of our school to act as good role models by living harmoniously with each other and the natural world.
Please do come and visit us to see our school in action; the children are wonderful ambassadors for the values that Claremont Fan Court expounds and showcase the school far more effectively than it is possible to achieve via a written medium. You will be made to feel very welcome!
Duncan A I Murphy:
Head of the Preparatory School & Member of IAPS