Welcome to The Marist Preparatory section of our website for girls aged 2 1/2 - 11 years.

Here at The Marist, we see the school as an extension of your family and we do our very best to ensure that your daughter's transition into The Marist family is a smooth and happy one.  From the moment of birth, you as parents have been your daughter's first educators, nurturing, loving and keeping her safe.  When children join The Marist, we value the contributions you make to your daughter's learning and we aim to work in partnership with you throughout your daughter's time with us.

Early Years - Nursery and Reception

For our youngest children, we have the Mini Marist Nursery, our dedicated centre which includes Pre-Nursery for girls aged 2 ½ and Nursery for the academic year the children turn 4. Both these groups, along with the Reception class, (for the academic year the children turn 5) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Our Head of Early Years works across all three groups to ensure smooth transitions from Home to Nursery and then from Nursery to School.

The Mini Marist is very much part of community life within Preparatory and, when appropriate, the classes join the rest of the school for assemblies, concerts and fun.

Prior to Reception, part-time or full-time options are available depending what is right for your daughter. Pre-Nursery offers a minimum of 3 sessions a week and Nursery a minimum of 5 sessions. A session is classed as a morning or afternoon period. Once your child enters Reception, she will be full-time after an initial settling in period. 

We strive to make transitions as smooth as possible to enable the children to feel safe and secure in their surroundings.  All children new to the Mini Marist will receive a home visit from our staff to begin the transition process and build relationships with you and your daughter. 

We want our children to be curious, build on their independence and develop a thirst for learning.  Play underpins the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage and children learn through both self-initiated play and carefully planned adult-led play activities.  This approach will give them firm foundations in the seven areas of the curriculum.

Years 1 - 6

As girls enter into Year 1 and 2, they begin to study the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, gradually moving up to Key Stage 2 in Year 3. Girls from seven to eleven years of age can be seen enjoying every aspect of school life in a busy, exciting and purposeful atmosphere. Girls are encouraged to have high aspirations whilst being encouraged to develop interests beyond academic study.

Girls follow an enhanced version of the National Curriculum developed to ensure that they have a good academic grounding which is deep, balanced and challenging. An extensive range of extra-curricular enrichment activities is offered and we are always looking to provide new and different clubs.

Marist Preparatory Life

It is a great privilege working with the girls, and seeing the progress they make from two and a half to eleven years old. Each step on their journey is special. It is very rewarding, to see how well the girls flourish and progress on to Senior. It is a privilege to see the girls develop and grow in confidence and the senior pupils are a wonderful inspiration for our girls, as you really do see the ‘end product’ of a truly delightful, confident, ‘Marist young woman’ ready to address the challenges of the world.

As a school we celebrate the talents and gifts of each girl and enable her to develop her potential academically, spiritually, morally, creatively, socially and physically. We also want the girls to have confidence and high self-esteem. We achieve this by nuturing the girls as they progress through our school, ably supported by a team of committed, dedicated staff who work tirelessly for the girls. We believe that the girls will learn best when they are appropriately challenged in a happy, caring and supportive environment. They are encouraged to show courtesy, consideration and good manners and to reach out to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

I hope that this website provides you with all the information you need about life in Preparatory. Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me directly or I strongly recommend you come for a look round. 

Jane Gow

Vice Principal Preparatory


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