Prep School Curriculum
The outstanding Prep School curriculum is praised by Ofsted, and more recently the Schools Inspectorate Service, for having a clear impact on teaching and pupils’ progress and helping to secure high standards in both. The curriculum aims to develop pupils’ general knowledge of a subject into a deeper understanding of its advanced concepts, and provide a complete experience of the academic, creative and physical fields of education.
Lower School (Years 3-4): English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, PPE, Art, French, Music, Drama, PSHE, PE/Games, Critical Thinking (Y4).
Middle School (Years 5-6): English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, General Studies, Critical Thinking, French, a second language (Latin, Spanish or Mandarin), Music, Drama, PSHE, PE/Games, Design and Technology (Y6).
Upper School (Years 7-8): English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, French, a second language (Latin, Spanish or Mandarin), Music, Drama, PSHE, PE/Games, PPE.
Specialist Teaching and Senior School Preparation
From Year 5 to Year 8, pupils are taught entirely by subject specialists and prepared for various different senior school entrance examinations. We advise on and facilitate pupils either leaving the Prep School at the end of Year 6 (taking the 11+, the Consortium exam or going to one of the North Bridge House Senior Schools), or at the end of Year 8 (taking the Common Pre-Test exam, the Common Entrance exam or schools’ individual entrance tests).
While boys preparing for Common Entrance at 13+ often study Latin and Greek, our rich academic and co-curricular offering encompasses everything from PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), developing key creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Girls and boys progress from North Bridge House Prep School to some of the most prestigious Senior Schools in the country, and our curriculum is innovatively designed to prepare pupils for the various different entrance routes and processes. The breadth and depth of study also allows for natural progression to our two NBH Senior School campuses – North Bridge House Senior Hampstead and North Bridge House Canonbury – upon reference from the Head Teacher.