Welcome from the Head of Prep
The Prep School is an exciting place to grow and learn. With our 18 acres of field and woodland, every child has the opportunity to get muddy in the outdoors, to play, develop their passion for learning and have fun.
We have a broad and rich curriculum to ignite every girl’s interest whether it is in science, humanities, languages or creative arts. Our curriculum is well suited to our able girls’ abilities and we move ahead of national expectations. The girls embrace challenges and their enthusiasm for learning is impressive. They enjoy studying alongside friends and are given opportunities to learn independently whenever possible.
Our strength in STEM subjects means that our girls can complete projects for their Bronze Crest Awards in Year 6 and we are regular competitors at the Eastern region Big Bang Science Fair. Every child also has dedicated, frequent outdoor learning lessons where science, geography, history and environmental science are explored outside, as well as team building and problem solving challenges.
Students are introduced to French from Reception and Mandarin from Year 4, learning about the language and culture of both countries.
The girls enjoy their creative subjects equally and each class performs an annual play. We have a multitude of music groups encompassing all ability levels, from complete beginners to girls achieving Grades 5 and 6 in a variety of instruments.
At the Prep school we hold more than 50 clubs each week giving the girls many opportunities to enjoy activities as diverse as fencing, karate, cookery, golf, origami, chess, coding, street dance, photography, drama and sailing.
The girls take part in residential trips from Year 3 upwards, giving them a taste of independence in a secure and caring environment.
We are a caring community where every child is valued and understood. We meet as a community daily when our girls sing lustily and reflect on abiding values before they embark upon the day’s learning adventure.
The girls are cared for within their class group by their form teacher but they are also active within their House and House family. Within their House family each girl gets to know others across the school, who remain with her throughout her time at the Prep school. The older girls lead their House families in a variety of activities and encourage the younger girls to take part.
They hold a number of competitions and events throughout the year in Houses or Year groups. Most recently the girls enjoyed meeting with the Wheathampstead Friends, the students of Lakeside Community Special School, enjoyed a sleepover for Crisis and raised money for their different House charities.
Ours is a happy, friendly community where every girl is encouraged to take part, developing her own skills and contributing freely to others.
I invite you to come and see for yourself what the Prep has to offer and look forward to welcoming you.
Mrs Judy Rowe
30 September 2020
Year 6 inter-school Netball matches. Some very exciting and close games. https://t.co/W4HA9phyPV
5 March 2020
The inaugural STAHS STEM Festival was held on Saturday 29th February and proved a huge success