Years 3 + 4
The structure of the Preparatory School has been thoughtfully and sensitively developed to welcome younger boys into the community of Bedford School. Classes are small, supervision is close and caring, and the accommodation and curriculum have been carefully planned to cater for the needs of their age group. In these surroundings, boys settle quickly and happily into Bedford life.
For the first two years the Class Teacher takes the major responsibility for subject teaching and then, as the boys move up the School, greater specialisation is introduced. In Year 3 and 4, it is normal for the Class Teacher to teach the three core subjects to their class along with at least two or three other subjects. The majority of the teaching takes place in the Nash's building and in Tisdall's. Boys will use the specialist facilities for French, Art, ICT, Music and Design Technology. These subjects are normally delivered by subject specialists. In addition, all boys will have PE and Swimming lessons alongside two double Games lessons. Boys are also encouraged to take a full part in the wide ranging extra-curricular programme.
On joining the School, boys are allocated to one of the four Houses; Bunyan, Harpur, Howard or Whitbread, each comprising a Housemaster, approximately 110 boys across the age range and eight members of staff. The well-established House system is central to School life; each is a community in its own right and has its own individual character.
Lunches are organised by House, with boys and staff eating together each day. A weekly assembly takes place on a House basis, as do regular outings and trips. Inter-House competitions are organised across the age range and in as many fields as possible and all boys are given the opportunity to represent their House.
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