“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”
Pastoral Care in Action
Pastoral care comes first
Children blossom when they feel secure, happy and valued. We put huge store on pastoral care to ensure every pupil gains the confidence to achieve their personal best.
No child has any doubt their teachers will lend a safe and sympathetic ear to their issues.
Our buddy system helps newcomers through their early days, and we encourage older children to support younger pupils, instilling a sense of responsibility.
The school’s house system encourages teamwork and a competitive spirit, allowing children to celebrate their own success as well as the achievement of others. Whole school events and charitable activities foster a sense of pride in belonging to a wider community.
We give our pupils the skills to achieve their personal best and go on to lead fulfilling and successful lives. In short, we teach children to fly.
“Personality can open doors but only character keeps them open”
Elmer G. Letterman
Some children have the good fortune to be privately educated at schools with the drive, experience and resources to teach children to think for themselves.
At Prospect House School children learn their personal choices can make a real difference, and their opinion matters. Equally importantly, they learn to respect the opinions of others.
They learn the value of endeavour and of staying power, of developing social skills and of forming respectful relationships.
Our children feel confident and valued, so they are not worried about making mistakes and are willing to ‘have a go’. This eagerness to be involved and make a contribution is one of the most valuable life skills we nurture in our pupils.
“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll learn”
Activities for your child
Variety and new adventures are the life-blood of curiosity and enthusiasm (which we deem to be fundamental to personal and academic development).
Aside from being fun and exciting, extra-curricular activities can work wonders in building confidence. A child who once struggled with maths may well excel once they discover they’re a dab hand at abseiling.
Prospect House School offers a wide spectrum of activities which encourage self-expression and the development of talents outside the classroom. This also helps build relationships by allowing us to interact with our pupils in different environments.
Extra-curricular activities which take place outside the school timetable include:
Extra-curricular activities and clubs outside the school timetable
These include coding, judo, golf, drama, art, animation, Spanish, hockey, netball, cookery, LAMDA dramatic arts, yoga, calligraphy, photography, football, touch typing and sport.
Physical activity promotes wellbeing, so we offer a busy sports programme. This includes football, netball, hockey, running, cross country, tennis, athletics, cricket, rounders, swimming, dance and gymnastics.
Visiting music teachers offer individual instrumental tuition on a variety of instruments. We have a school orchestra, chamber choir and senior and junior choirs, as well as a number of ensembles.
Drama and performance
All children act in assemblies, school plays, musical productions and concerts throughout the year. Children in Years 1 to 6 enjoy drama lessons and
our high-quality staging, lighting, sound and props give every production a professional feel.
Exploring further afield
Fresh air and new experiences are vital for children to soar to greater heights. We encourage Prospect House children to gain independence, resilience, team skills, self-reliance, a willingness to take risks and an interest in the wider world by taking them on optional residential trips. These start at age 8 or 9 in year 4. We recognise that for many children, a school residential trip will give them the first night they spend away from family. So we focus on helping every child to feel secure and have fun in a new environment.
Year 4 have the opportunity to take part in a three-day residential visit in Dorset focused on history.
Year 5 take part in an outdoor bushcraft adventure for five days.
Year 6 enjoy six days in northern France at an outward-bound château immersed in the French language and culture.
“Fantastic teaching, outstanding music and the wonderfully nurturing atmosphere -our children have benefited so much from their experience at PHS. We can’t thank you enough.”
Prospect House School parent
Communication is key to identifying individual needs
We actively encourage a close relationship between parents and all staff.
Sharing information gives us a deeper insight into the wellbeing and progress of each child, and our open-door policy means we’re readily available to discuss any concerns that arise.
Parents are encouraged to support their child’s learning and the school gives guidance on how best this can be achieved.
Parents are invited to regular parents’ evenings and open mornings, sports days, concerts, class assemblies and theatrical productions. They can also join in their child’s class to share special events or celebrate a religious festival.
It is thanks to our parents’ association, PROFS, that we have a friendly, close-knit and supportive community extending a warm welcome to all.