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The Pre-Prep sees the very first steps on a child’s journey through Durston, exciting steps where he will learn to love learning.

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Head of Pre-Prep

Ms D Finlayson

Full of adventure and discovery, our Pre-Prep offers its pupils a wonderful, caring and stimulating school experience.

Housed in a Victorian Villa with access to our garden, pupils in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are taught by experienced and highly qualified teachers who go the extra mile to deliver the best possible start to your son’s education. Pupils are based in their own classroom with their teacher and assistant for much of the time, whilst also being taught by specialist teachers for music and sport.

Boys join Reception aged 4, where they are gently introduced to the School routine, whilst following a bespoke curriculum which is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. From the outset, the curriculum is designed to be challenging, stimulating and fun, offering a diverse range of opportunities in Music, Art, Drama and Sport. They enjoy the arts and rehearse for and perform in a Christmas Production. Classes present assemblies and display mornings throughout the year, to which parents are invited. Throughout their time in Pre-Prep, pupils make impressive academic progress enhanced by visits to museums, galleries and places of interest, which enrich the pupils’ learning experience.

Above all, we want our pupils to enjoy their time at Durston and to develop a profound love of learning. To do this, we aim to mould the education experience around the individual rather than the reverse.

The school messaging system ensures that there is excellent communication between staff and parents. Formal Parents Evenings are held for discussions about pupil progress, but parents are welcome to meet with their son’s Form Teacher, the Head of Reception or Head of Pre-Prep should the need arise.

Pre-Prep Stories

Computer Science at Durston House Pre-Prep

2022 has only just begun, and we are already back in full swing during our Computer Science lessons at Durston House Pre-Prep. All the form teachers are putting a lot of hard work into getting the pupils acquainted with new technologies every week. Throughout a boys time at… Read More

Anti-Bullying Week 2021

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying is a… Read More

Pre-Prep are immersed in ancient Aztec and Aboriginal Australian culture

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying… Read More

Reception and People who help us

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying is a… Read More

Art in Pre-Prep

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying… Read More

Headmasters Blog – Diversity at Durston

Diversity is a theme that I promised the boys that I would come back to this summer term, and the first assembly back provided me with the perfect opportunity. We first considered the critically important need for diversity in nature and the environment. It is a good starting point to… Read More

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