The school day
A busy day school day starts when the front doors open at 8:20 am, ready to welcome pupils for a full day packed with learning and fun.
The school day starts when the doors open between 8.20 am and 8.30 am, and there is a staggered end to the day with Pre-Reception and Reception finishing their day at 3 pm, Years 1 - 3 finishing at 3.30 pm and Years 4 - 6 finishing at 4 pm.
Siblings Club exists for younger learners waiting for their siblings to finish at 4 pm.
A bespoke bus service, with a chaperone, can be provided for at morning drop off and afternoon collection.
First day - Wednesday 9th September 2020
Last day - Thursday 10th December 2020 (half day)
Half-term - 19th-30th October 2020
First day - Wednesday 6th January 2021
Last day - Friday 26th March 2021 (half day)
Half-term - 15th-19th February 2021
First day - Tuesday 20th April 2021
Last day - Wednesday 14th July 2021 (half day)
Half-term - 31st May - 4th June 2021
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!