Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2)
Running from 8.45am the formal Pre-Prep school day finishes at 3.45pm, with the after school activities programme running from 3.45pm until 6.00pm. Our youngest pupils are encouraged to make the most of the school’s extensive facilities (for example, the Art Room, Design & Technology Block, ICT Suite) as well as explore the beautiful grounds during structured learning sessions and at break and lunch. There is no Saturday morning school for Pre-Prep children.
Prep School (Year 3 to Year 8)
For Lockers Park’s older pupils, the school day begins at 8.20am with tutor time followed by either Chapel or Assembly. Three lessons are followed by a 40 minute break to recharge. Years 3 and 4 then have two more lessons and lunch whilst Years 5 to 8 have a sixth lesson and lunch.
The Prep School’s youngest boys (Years 3 and 4) enjoy an hour of sport after lunch most days, with activities taking place on Wednesday afternoons. Popular pursuits include pottery, technology, tinkering with the model railway in The Train Room, music and drama. Football, rugby and cricket may be the leading sports, but pupils can try their hand at squash and badminton as well as extra-curricular activities such as tennis. We encourage boys to participate in and try out as many sports and activities as possible to get the most out of life at Lockers Park. Apart from Wednesday, when there are usually sports fixtures, afternoon lessons finish at 4.10pm, after which the boys are free to be collected or can stay for reading period and what we refer to as ‘boarders activities’.
For Years 5 to 8, afternoon lessons are followed by sport or activities until the end of the day at 5.20pm. Day boys are welcome to stay for prep and supper (6.00pm) at no extra cost, with latest collection at 7.30pm.
A tailored boarder’s timetable operates each evening. This always features wind-down time with the chance to play table tennis, shoot some pool, or simply relax with a book. Boarding staff are on hand to ensure any learning work for the next day is completed too.
Saturday Morning School
Saturday school is optional for boys in the Prep School (Years 3 to 8) and runs from 8.45am to 12.35pm.
The morning is focused on offering additional support in the core subjects of English and Maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and innovative and critical thinking very much in line with the demands of Senior Schools. It also provides the opportunity for interview practice, as well as for time across the many other facets of school life – Music, Drama, Art and Sport – potentially on a more individual basis. For foreign students, EAL lessons are available on Saturdays to diminish the impact on missing key subject lessons during the core week. Saturdays are also used to take boys on trips to interesting places that highlight our cultural values. These trips are open to all boys and may happen during either the morning or afternoon, or potentially the full day.
The Saturday morning timetable is split into three one-hour sessions with workshops for all ages that support the curriculum and provide reinforcement or extension where required. ‘Termly Topic Overviews’ are provided on the Parent Portal at the beginning of each term so parents can see what each age group will be working on each Saturday. Attendance is managed via an online booking system on this website (Saturday School sign-up), which should be completed by Thursday afternoon to attend that Saturday’s workshops.