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Caterham Preparatory School

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One 3 year old slept peacefully on the gaily-coloured carpet while others worked purposefully and quietly at painting – achievement without undue pressure. Work on display is of a high standard, and we were moved by some really excellent poems by the year 5s. We passed a splendid rack of double basses, and heard some ace flute playing drifting out from a practice room. Year 3 pupils spend the autumn term trying out stringed, woodwind and brass instruments... 

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What the school says...

Set in extensive grounds, Caterham Prep School is an integral part of Caterham School and most pupils progress to the Senior School at age 11, when boarding is also available if neeeded.
The School's website will give you more information, but a visit is recommended when the school is in session to see the wide range of educational experiences that are offered. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since April 2019, Ben Purkiss, previously deputy head at Bede's Prep. After an injury ended his dream of being a professional rugby player, he did a degree in ocean science and geophysics, then returned to his old school as a science teacher and housemaster. He and his wife-to-be moved to London and he dabbled in the City, but working with younger children as a supply teacher made him realise where his real talents lay. They have since worked in prep schools including Cottesmore, King's Hall and the New Beacon, joining Bede's in 2015. They have two young sons.


Oversubscribed at main entry points by at least 3 to 1; register early if you can. Twenty places in the nursery for children aged 3 rising 4. Then another 20 places in reception. Informal assessment only at...

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Special Education Needs

Caterham Preparatory School is a high achieving, academic school from which most pupils go on to Caterham School, our senior school. The SEN provision we provide depends on a pupil's difficulty. Having been formally diagnosed; it ranges from 1:1 support, through to group withdrawal, through to support within the classroom. SEN support is undertaken by the SENCO and our qualified teachers under the guidance of the SENCO. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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