Year 3 to Year 8
Children 7 to 13 years old
At Hoe Bridge Prep School, we ask nothing more of your child than to do their best in every pursuit. This is echoed in the school motto: Semper Optimum Meum (Always My Best).
Children leave Hoe Bridge Prep happy, confident and having achieving their best, frequently beyond their own and their parents’ expectations. Whichever path they take as they progress through formal education and life beyond, they will always remember and appreciate the excellent teaching, care and richness of experiences here.
Many families join us from our Pre-Prep department, so are already familiar with the many benefits of a Hoe Bridge education and our unique ethos. These children, of course, can maintain the friendships they have made in their younger years, but also make new friends as others join us from different schools, their parents keen for their children to gain the best preparation for the senior school of their choice, and beyond.
Excellent teaching, robust values
We challenge children to become the very best they can, and they invariably rise to the occasion. Our highly qualified and motivated teaching staff collaborate to achieve the best outcomes for the individual child whilst following the robust curriculum, enriched by their own passion and enthusiasm. They teach our children to be self-learners (under the watchful guidance and knowledge of their teachers), which amply equips them to perform exceptionally well through the rigours of 11+ assessments and flourish in Common Entrance and senior school scholarships. Children discover for themselves that achieving in one subject or other area of school life can be repeated in others with equal application and passion.
Respect, independence, confidence, courtesy, fairness, inclusiveness, charity and responsibility are fostered in the classroom, on the playing fields, over lunch and on our wonderful school trips. Individual, team and house achievements are celebrated, whichever child, group or team has succeeded on the day. House competitions, the democratic School Council, presenting in school assembly and our chosen local and international charities are examples of how we put these principles into practice. Your child will leave us as a rounded young citizen.
The best environment for your child’s schooling
At Hoe Bridge, we are proud to offer the very best environment in which your child can learn, play, discover and grow with fully equipped classrooms and specialist areas across ICT, Science, Music, Art and Design & Technology. Our playing fields, all-weather and cricket pitches, heated swimming pool and gym support a healthy balance, with sport enjoyed most afternoons. Our grounds are a hidden gem with their playing fields, adventure playground, meadow, woods, river and pond, whilst the new Performing Arts Centre, provides a vital stage for developing creativity, expression and confidence.
Toward 11+ together
The strong relationship and consistent communication with our families ensures effective results as well as a happy child. Our children go on to a wide range of senior school and we have an excellent track record of achieving scholarships to the top-rated schools in the area. Please click HERE for more information on our results.
We will help you in considering your child’s roadmap beyond 11+. This involves engaging you in a process of ongoing consultation on matching your child’s ability, needs and aspirations with the wide range of independent senior schools available. For your child, a series of CAT (Cognitive Abilities Tests), PIM (Progress in Maths) and PIE (Progress in English) tests produce the data we require to support our informed decisions.
Our Headmaster is in regular contact with all our local independent senior schools to monitor and discuss their constantly evolving requirements and assessment methods.
Extending school life
Our children and families alike benefit from the opportunity to extend school hours beyond normal classroom hours. The Prep day starts at 8:15am or children can join our popular Breakfast Club every day from 7:30am.
Year 3 finish their day at 4:15pm taking home a small amount of weekly homework and then can join an after school activity until 5:00pm. In Year 4 and 5 their day is extended to 5:00pm and 5:30pm for Year 6, 7 and 8 with children attending prep, completing supervised homework and relieving a little pressure at home. Following which after school activities are available for Year 4 and 5 until 5:45pm and 6:30pm for Year 6, 7 and 8. We offer a wide range of optional after-school activities including sports, science, technology, chess, performing arts (including Stagecoach and LAMDA) and other interests, all providing a wonderful opportunity to adopt new interests and develop skills.