Prep School

What is the Prep School?

The journey through Prep School starts in Year 4, building on the strong foundations laid in Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 3). The Prep School prepares pupils with the skills, confidence, and independence necessary to succeed in their future endeavours both at their chosen senior schools and beyond.

Our Prep school is split into two sections: Middle School (Years 4, 5 and 6) and Upper School (Years 7 and 8).

Middle School (Years 4, 5, and 6)

Inspiring specialist teachers ensure that pupils at St Christopher’s Prep thrive academically. Our challenging and engaging curriculum is designed to encourage independence and critical thinking skills, and is supported by a variety of rich learning experiences and trips that aim to establish a lifelong love of learning. Our approach to education recognises the importance of individual needs and provides opportunities for pupils to take risks in their learning and develop resilience.

Upper School (Years 7 and 8)

In Upper School, pupils are prepared for their future academic and personal challenges through a supportive environment that encourages independence and critical thinking skills. Year 7 and 8 are key years at St Christopher’s, as pupils work towards Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations at the end of Year 8. Pupils are taught how to approach examinations effectively and how to rise to challenges in a healthy way.

Pupils in Upper School have many opportunities to be involved in leadership positions and take on additional responsibilities. The school “buddy” system gives our Year 8 pupils the opportunity to be role models for the very youngest members of the school. Our exciting programme of residential trips and wide range of visiting speakers, gives pupils countless opportunities to develop new skills and interests.



Whether through academic study or participation in competitive sports and extracurricular activities, pupils at St Christopher’s Prep will have the opportunity to grow and develop into confident and well-rounded individuals.