The Nursery & Pre-Prep Departments

The curriculum and the teaching in the St Martin’s Ampleforth Pre-Prep in both the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) are in the traditional style whilst incorporating the best of modern practice and equipment. The aim is to lay secure foundations in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and mathematics; to develop an interest in art, music, technology and sport; and to teach and demonstrate strong moral values and to have enjoyment in a well ordered and disciplined environment.

Overall we aim to set children on the right path for their future education and to begin to develop their full potential academically, socially and culturally. We also take full advantage of our extensive school grounds, gardens and sporting facilities.

Nursery - Children are welcomed into the Nursery after their 3rd birthdays and in consultation with the Nursery teachers children attend on a part time basis between 8.20am and 3.30 pm.

Reception (aged 4-5), Year 1 (aged 5-6) and Year 2 (aged 6-7) attend five days a week. The curriculum is wide and varied and creative topic based.  Children have regular Swimming, Music, PE and Dance lessons with specialist teachers and benefit from the use of the facilities in the Prep school and at Ampleforth College. Years 1 and 2 also have regular French lessons.  All Pre-Prep children attend Woodland School once a week where we take advantage of our school woodland and gardens.

The school day runs from 8.20am until 3.30pm and there are after school clubs available for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children five nights a week until 5.30pm.

During after school activities we benefit from the expert tuition of a tennis coach, gym instructors, drama tutor and local golf pro. The children have also been able to develop their practical skills through weekly cooking, textile and carpentry clubs. After school activities are optional and do carry a nominal charge but they do give parents the opportunity to pick up siblings together at 5.35pm.

Parents are welcome into school at any time but particularly at the beginning and end of each day for informal conversations with the form teacher as well as the opportunity to look around the classrooms.