In the United Kingdom after the Foundation Stage, children are obliged by law to attend Preparatory school from the age of 5. They begin to study an array of subjects which are based on the National Curriculum, which was developed to standardise the content taught at all schools and provide students with sufficient basic knowledge to go on and tackle more complicated topics. The majority of public schools surpass the National Curriculum standards and encourage children to learn at greater rates. Typical every child throughout their preparatory schooling will learn daily, English (Reading, Writing and Grammar), Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Latin, History, Geography, Information Technology, Religious Studies, The Arts, Physical Education and Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE) “Citizenship”.
Common Entrance Exam
The Common Entrance exams are taken as part of the admissions process into highly rated schools; they are usually undertook at the age of 11 and 13. The exams are done upon entering secondary school and although all the papers are the same, each school marks the papers independently and will have different marking standards. It is compulsory to undertake an exam in English, Mathematics(I-III) and Science(I-II) to apply to any secondary school. For many secondary schools; History, Geography, Religious Studies and at least one foreign language is also required.
How We Help
It is difficult to start analysing your child and trying to determine what they enjoy and not force your own opinions on them. It is however, crucial to install a healthy attitude towards education and to start looking for signs of the students capabilities and interests. We encourage students to participate in sports and social activities to start building on their interpersonal intelligence, analytical thinking and a strong character. We try to develop a strong bond with the student at this stage by organising activities to participate in together this is important because it encourages easy and comfortable communication early on in life.
Between ages 3- 5: The Foundation Stage: Nursery, Transition and Reception.
From 5-7: Key Stage One represents pupils in Year One and Two.
Ages 7 – 11: Key Stage Two spans pupils from Year Three, Four, Five and Six.
Ages 11-14: Key Stage Three includes pupils in Year Seven and Eight and Nine.