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Monkton Prep School

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They are praised for what they can do, and encouraged to adopt the growth mind-set philosophy of ‘I can’t do this – yet’. Cross-curricular learning here too, and a healthy attitude to risk: tiny children were chopping up apples with sharp knives and close supervision when we visited in late summer. Cross-country running a Monkton perennial, and it was wonderful to see any stumbling stragglers cheered home as warmly as the loping long distance runners...

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What the school says...

Monkton Prep School is a small school with a big heart. It’s built on strong relationships, a Christian foundation and a culture of care designed to give each child a sense of belonging and firm roots from which to build and grow.

We are a school that celebrates childhood, where children are nurtured and cared for. Our staff forge close relationships with each child, and each parent, gaining insight and understanding to provide outstanding learning and pastoral care.

We celebrate our Christian faith, which means we encourage pupils from every background to learn about their own values, to value each other, and to understand the importance of contribution in creating a lively and supportive community.

We recognise the potential of each individual, helping children to develop their talents by developing a better understanding of themselves, gaining self-awareness and the self-confidence to thrive, experiment and explore.

At Monkton, there is so much to explore. Monkton has room to breathe, space to have fun and endless opportunities to get muddy, all of which make it an exceptional place to live and learn.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, after the departure of the previous head following a management restructure, Mrs Catherine Winchcombe (40s), previously head of the pre-prep. A first degree from Cambridge and a masters in educational leadership from Nottingham kick-started a career which has encompassed the state sector and posts in the Middle East. Dynamic, stylish and warm, she fizzes with enthusiasm for all things Monkton. ‘Exciting!’ was the word she uttered most often during our visit. A consummate professional, whose way of leading the school is tacitly underpinned by her Christian faith, Catherine is married to Simon and has two grown up daughters.


For those entering the prep from age 2 to 7, admission is by visit, informal interview and reference from a current school if there is one. For entry aged 7, 8, 9 and 10, there...

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Special Education Needs

Learning development at Monkton is done in three ways; in-class support, booster groups, and one-to-one or shared tuition in a specially equipped room. The staff are trained to help children with mild/moderate learning difficulties. Learning support is charged as an extra. The school has links with Bath Spa University's education department as well as with Patoss. Extra help is given to dyslexic pupils as well as a range of other learning difficulties by a dedicated and experienced team of staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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 Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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