"Pupils are open, friendly and confident and this has a very positive influence on how they conduct themselves. They demonstrate excellent empathy in relation to other members of the school community." - ISI Inspector, December 2017
Prep school begins in Year 3 and continues through to Year 6, with an increased pace of education allowing our children to learn and develop more as people.
In the Prep school at Hilden Oaks, academic expectations are gradually raised, stretching each child to give their best performance. As we prepare each child for the Kent Test (11 Plus) and/or Common Entrance exam to their next school, we assist them in realising their full potential, exploring their own individual talents and developing in self-determination.
In Years 3 and 4, core academic subjects are taught by form teachers whilst specialist teachers lead children in PE, French, ICT and Music. Science is taught both by form teachers and specialist teachers. This emphasis changes in Years 5 and 6 as children spend more of their time with specialist teachers.
In Years 5 and 6, children are given extra personal responsibilities such as Monitor or Library duties. This enables them to grow in confidence and maturity.
Smaller class sizes at Hilden Oaks mean that individual attention is a given. Academically, the school typically performs well above the national average at Key Stage 2, and pupils benefit from numerous subjects taught in addition to the core syllabus. Our children enjoy superb pass rates for Common Entrance and 11 Plus, giving parents added flexibility of choice between independent and grammar schools.
Impressive results come from excellent teaching, and our children achieve consistently high standards.
In September 2017, all of the children who sat the Kent Test (11 Plus) passed and they will all be taking up places at their first choice of secondary schools in September 2018.
The attainment of our most recent Year 6 cohort was excellent with the majority of our pupils gaining level 5 or 6 in English, Maths and Science - considerably higher than the national average, which is level 4.
The well-rounded development of our children throughout the Prep department gives them the self-awareness and educational grounding they need to go confidently on to the senior school of their choice.
"They are given many different opportunities to show leadership through lesson activities and various projects." - ISI Inspector, December 2017