The school day
Our busy day school day starts at 8.20am when the front doors open and we greet all the children, ready for a full day packed with learning and fun.
We encourage all our families to live close to school and be part of our community; walking, cycling or scooting to school whenever possible. There is a bespoke bus service available, complete with chaperone, for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up if it is required.
At the end of the day many children play in Prince's Gardens Square with their families and friends before heading home after a busy day at school.
First day - Wednesday 8th September 2021
Last day - Thursday 9th December 2021 (half day)
Half-term - 18th-29th October 2021
First day - Wednesday 5th January 2022
Last day - Thursday 24th March 2022 (half day)
Half-term - 14th-18th February 2022
First day - Wednesday 20th April 2022
Last day - Thursday 14th July 2022 (half day)
Half-term - 30th May-3rd June 2022
Half-term and holiday clubs
SuperCamps offers a wide range of fun and engaging activities for children age 4-12 throughout the school holidays.
Led by qualified and experienced staff and a part of the Cognita group, they ensure the highest standard of care in line with the Cognita family values.
SuperCamps are more than just kids holiday clubs aimed to tackle school holiday boredom; they complement term-time education by acting as a medium for child-led learning.
As they are fully Ofsted registered, they also accept childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare as full or part payment. With flexible childcare options, their Multi-Activity camps are bookable as individual days or a week at a time and with extended hour options to help working parents with early drop-offs and late pick-ups.
You can call us on 01235 467300 for more information.
Running during Easter, May Half-Term and Summer at Princes Garden Prep; SuperCamps Multi-Activity camps offer an exciting programme of creative activities, team games and sports.
Or if you’re looking for something extra special during the Easter and Summer Holidays, SuperCamps specialist LEGO® play and Mad Science courses are a must for future inventors and detectives.
“My daughter (age 8) came away from her day at SuperCamps absolutely buzzing! She had an amazing time and was full of thing to tell us that she had done. She especially enjoyed the dodgeball! She keeps asking when she can go back. Thank you SuperCamps for giving her such a wonderful time!”
- Parent of a child aged 8 years
“SuperCamps made my child feel very happy and welcome. Although she’s only 4, the staff were excellent at reassuring her and getting to know her to make her time there really enjoyable. She loved all the games and activities and now keeps asking to go back.”
-Parent of a child aged 4 years
At Prince's Gardens Preparatory School, we have a broad programme of extra-curricular clubs.
We encourage our children to explore their passions and pursue a wide range of interests. Pupils can participate in a range of clubs such as creative writing, ballet, philosophy, yoga, Mandarin, cookery, drama, dance, outdoor exploration, science, choir singing and music ensembles; as well as a whole range of sports clubs including football, netball, fitness, judo and rugby.
Our traditional House system is designed to bring together older and younger pupils.
Our Houses are named for notable botanists and conservationists: Attenborough, Carson, Darwin and Goodall, and each crest is decorated with flora and fauna local to school.
Every pupil is assigned one of these fine Houses and will have fun, compete with each other, and, through events, support fundraising for two charities: Age UK, via the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, and ‘Hannan School Morocco’, supporting the running and development of a new school in the Atlas mountains.
Pupils come together in their houses for friendly competitions in activities like sport, music, art and poetry recitals.
Pupils are actively involved in shaping our school community and are encouraged to share their views and opinions.
Children as young as Reception age have a voice on our school council, and other positions of responsibility include Form Captains, Heads of House, Head of School, Sports and Games Captains, Wellbeing Champions, Digital Ambassadors and Music Captain.
We also appoint eco-councillors and community action leaders, all relevant for today’s world.
Across the year groups, the school has developed a series of day and residential trips.
Both day and residential trips help promote the children's increasing independence, flexibility, collaboration and emotional intelligence.
They include overnight stays:
- Cuffley Woods, Hertfordshire
- Bushcraft camping, Hertfordshire
- Outward bound stay
- Optional ski trip from Year 3 upwards
Pupils are encouraged to be socially outward looking and to develop a sense of responsibility for their community by helping others
The school has good links with local charities through our strong relationship with The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation. The charities we support visit the school, speaking regularly in assemblies.
Food and nutrition
Thomas Franks provide for all the catering requirements at Prince's Gardens Preparatory School and have introduced three fantastic new menus for the school.
Their passion for food is demonstrated by their use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients in each and every meal they serve.
Their provision includes a healthy hand-baked sweet or savoury snack at each breaktime and also offered to children attending after school clubs to keep them going!