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  • Royal High Prep School Bath
    Cranwell House
    Weston Park East
    BA1 2UZ
  • Head: Mrs Claire Lilley
  • T 01225 422931
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bath and North East Somerset
  • Pupils: 141
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £12,456 - £13,122 pa
  • Open days: Private visits encouraged at any time, by appointment.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Royal High Bath

What says..

A stunning foursquare Victorian mansion – still known as Cranwell House, the alliteration is handy for the Cranwell curriculum, the prep school’s own creation, thematic in nature, child-centred and based on the work of Reggio Emilia. Girls have the same games offering (including rugby) as their older sisters, though they might have to hop in a minibus to the senior school to take part. Some choose the school in the belief that a single-sex environment means better behaviour: the head’s view is that by the age of five or six, children notice gender difference and girls start to find boys…


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What the school says...

The Prep School is a happy and bright community where our girls can flourish and grow. We understand the importance of 'getting it right' and from those very early days of Nursery right through to Year 6 when your daughter is getting ready for the challenges of Senior School. Our school is fully committed to providing your daughter with the very best opportunities. Set in stunning grounds close to Bath city centre with well-equipped facilities we provide a wealth of learning experiences which include weekly French in Nursery-Year 3, Spanish in Year 4, German in Year 5 and Mandarin in Year 6, Ballet, Music, Drama and Sport all taught by specialist teachers. Visitors often comment on the warmth, fun and sense of purpose that permeates our school. We believe that happy children love to learn and our supportive pastoral care, along with close home/school links, ensures that all the girls are nurtured as we guide them through the first years of their education. 10% discount off full boarding fees for service families. ...Read more

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of Prep School

Since 2019 Ms Claire Lilley, previously head of Sidcot Junior. Brought up and schooled in Kent, Ms Lilley has a BEd in music from Cambridge and still plays the sax in a soul band. Almost her whole career until now has been at Sidcot, but she found the same holistic approach to learning at the Royal High Prep: ‘Get the pastoral foundations right and the academics will sort themselves,’ she asserts. That modus operandi, the beautiful site and a growing conviction of the value of girls-only education were enough to tempt her to Bath, where parents and girls just love her. ‘Energetic, positive, deeply pragmatic and practical – but no walkover,’ parents told us approvingly. Clearly Ms Lilley’s efforts in establishing good relations with parents have paid off, but the achievement...

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Special Education Needs

As a selective, independent school we provide support for a very few students who are neurodiverse and have learning differences such as dyslexia. We offer a palette of provision for learning support at four levels: Level 1 - We provide learning profiles for every student with a learning difficulty to assist class/subject teachers. Level 2 – In addition to differentiated learning in class, some students can receive support from the class teaching assistant to help them and other students access the material in class and remain focused. Level 3 –Certain students are invited to group sessions with a qualified member of the learning support department to work on improving their learning skills. And optional level: Level 4- Individual specialist support alongside the previous levels can be offered by arrangement to allow enhanced support. Parents will pay for this additional tuition. Support time is often timetabled outside of the core curriculum to cause minimum disruption to the student's academic day. We always value regular contact with parents believing that working in partnership is the foundation of student progress and success. The learning support department provides support for your child to help them improve confidence, independence with learning and develop life long study habits to reach their potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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