Our system of pastoral care at UCS Pre-Prep is founded upon five principles:
- We believe that all children need to be happy and secure, and that learning should be fun.
- We cater exceptionally well for able pupils who need an environment that instils confidence and develops self-esteem, thus enabling the child’s full potential to be realised.
- Communication between home and school is excellent. Parents are encouraged to speak with form teachers and the Headmistress whenever the need arises.
- Parent-teacher meetings provide opportunities for discussion about a child’s progress and attainments. The school provides two full written reports annually.
- There are numerous activities which family members are invited to attend, including regular lessons. A comprehensive events calendar is published every term.
Pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities alongside formal teaching at UCS Pre-Prep. We have weekly swimming, Music, Art and ICT lessons as well as use of the UCS playing fields and the Sir Roger Bannister Sports Centre, and we make frequent visits to the UCS Junior Branch library to enhance our pupils’ education.
We also aim to offer as broad and unique a range of activities as possible through a clubs programme. This includes Tae Kwon Do, Gymnastics, Art, Cooking, Coding, Chess and Ballet. Individual music lessons are also available for pupils in Year 1 and above.
Our pupils also benefit from many educational outings throughout the year – recently we have visited Hampstead Heath, Kew Gardens, and the Florence Nightingale Museum - and we regularly welcome artists, authors and members of the local community to speak to pupils at School.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which we learn to recognise and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships and avoid negative behaviours. It is the process through which students enhance their ability to integrate thinking, feeling and behaving in order to achieve important life tasks. Within the school setting, SEL can best be accomplished through a layered approach of skills lessons, infusion into the curricula and classroom practices, and an environment of safety, respect and caring which models SEL values.
Social and Emotional learning is part of the daily life of the school and also taught discretely through the PSHE curriculum, using, amongst others, the S.E.A.L. programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). PSHE enables pupils to understand and to deal with a range of feelings; be effective learners; get on with other people; and be responsible citizens.
For further information about the impact of SEL on pupil attainment and wellbeing, please consult Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning www.casel.org.