The Pre-School offers places for children from 2½ to 6 years of age, and is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Wharfedale, in a setting adjacent to Strid Wood SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

In pre-primary, children begin with the exercises of practical life – sweeping, polishing, pouring, tying bows.  The next step is to work on sensory perceptions, vital in understanding the concepts later to be used in intellectual learning.  The children then begin learning about maths, language, history, biology, geography and music.  All this is alongside the usual nursery school pursuits, including painting and stories.

Parents of pupils applying to join the School will have completed a registration form and will be offered two transition visits for their child to start to make the change either from home, or from another school.  This is a chance for your child to join the other children in the group, and to get used to the rhythms and routines of the School.  Home visits will be arranged for EDD/SEN children, if appropriate, in order that the child’s needs may be more fully assessed.

Children make the transition from Pre-School to the Primary classroom in gradual stages, starting with a morning visit, then staying for lunch and then for a whole day.  This helps them get used to the new setting and to their new classmates.