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Preparatory Curriculum

Happy and high achieving.

With a proud history of consistently delivering above-average academic results, St Clare’s has an impressive reputation for being one of the leading Prep schools in South Wales.

Smaller numbers will enable your child to make close friendships and develop good relationships with their teachers, allowing them to grow in confidence, be able to express themselves and be challenged as they actively engage in their learning.

Our dedicated team of staff create a wealth of opportunities for pupils to excel. Our pupils embrace challenges both in and out of the classroom and, as a result, they excel in so many areas.

preparatory curriculum

The considered use of technology and specialist teachers in many areas support a stimulating and varied curriculum.

This specialism, combined with the best mix of traditional and innovative teaching methods, underpins an approach which drives accelerated progress.

We place great emphasis on practical learning and problem solving, encouraging pupils to be inquisitive, exploring topics to gain greater understanding and to think for themselves.

Topics are brought to life through inspirational teaching and an extensive extra-curricular programme. Whether it is an enrichment day, a visit or a workshop, physical experiences help to fire the imagination and add an extra dimension to classroom-based learning.

Our deliberately smaller class sizes enable us to work with pupils as individuals, following their interests and their wellbeing. We see the breadth and depth of pupil achievements not only in academic results but through the multitude of other interests which they pursue.

“Our child is much happier within the culture of St Clare’s without the unnecessary pressure of an 11+ accelerated curriculum.”

 – Prep School Parent, St Clare’s School

attainment tracking

We welcome children with a range of abilities.

We ensure that every child in our care has an opportunity to achieve their very best during their education with us.

Thanks to our impressively high teaching standards we see our pupils excel across all core subjects, plus sports and creative and performing arts.

Our success is boosted by a robust process for tracking and monitoring pupil attainment throughout the academic year. Every child will sit a baseline assessment at the beginning of the key stage. Every child is then set an aspirational grade and a challenge grade and this will be reported to you as parents. We will ensure that each child is challenged in order to try and achieve their aspirational grade, plus simple measures such as maintaining an open dialogue with parents so that we can address any areas where children need more support.

For pupils who are excelling in specific subjects, we are ready to challenge them and provide the support they need to take the next steps in their endeavours.

KS1 and KS2 outcomes
By the end of KS1

On average, our pupils are +12 months ahead in their reading.

By the end of KS2

On average, our pupils continue to be +12 months ahead in their reading.

(Hodder Reading Scale - June 2022)


Our pupils are well prepared for their next step to Senior School.

Transition to Year 7 needs to be as smooth and comfortable as possible for all pupils, internal and external.

We deliver three Senior Discovery Days each academic year for Year 6 and Year 5. They are a brilliant opportunity for those pupils to spend a day in the Senior School and a chance to spend time getting to know the new environment and making new friends.

Although our pupils are taught by specialist staff for some subjects, it also allows other Senior staff to build a rapport with the children in anticipation of their arrival at the Senior School, which is a fantastic way to ensure continuity of academic excellence across the year groups.

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