Founded in 1929 by the Reverend G. K. Dovey, Prestfelde is a part of the Woodard Corporation of schools, all of which share a Christian foundation and set of beliefs. Prestfelde is a happy and flourishing community which works hard to celebrate pupils’ achievement and effort. The school comprises a first-rate team of staff, who are committed to delivering a broad and dynamic curriculum. High standards are achieved within a nurturing and inspiring learning environment.
The school not only prides itself on its academic, musical, sporting and artistic achievements, but also on its ability to foster positive attitudes, respect for others and a love of learning in all its pupils.
Prestfelde aims to promote a love of learning in all girls and boys. We aim to enable all children to maximise their academic potential and to develop their individual talents in a caring, Christian community which fosters sensitivity, confidence, a sense of service and enthusiasm for life.
The school prides itself on an explicit set of core values which are at the core of all that we do. These values are common to all areas of the school, and are encapsulated in the five aims outlined here:
Empathy, Aspiration, Perseverance, Selflessness, Respect, Unity, Confidence, Integrity, Courage and Humility
AIM ONE: To provide, within a Christian context, an all-round education which fosters a love of learning in all children, and which enables girls and boys to maximise their potential in all areas of school life.
Prestfelde sets out to develop six characteristics of learning, known to staff, children and parents as “SECRET”. These provide a common framework within which to develop the qualities and skills necessary to maximise the potential of all children.
S Self manager
E Effective participator
C Creative thinker
R Reflective learner
E Enquiring mind
T Team worker
We recognise that all children are individuals and, as such have a range of talents and needs. Our curriculum and teaching take account of this variety, and the school aims to ensure that we make learning relevant to each child, achieving the best possible outcomes for all.
In addition to the timetabled curriculum, Prestfelde aims to provide a wide variety of further opportunities for children to develop their social and team-working skills.
Developing the highest standards of performance in Art, Drama, Design/Technology, Music, Physical Education and Public Speaking is of paramount importance. The school views this aim as an intrinsic part of the education we provide.
AIM TWO: To maximise academic potential in all our pupils.
The school’s Learning Development policy aims to create an appropriate and well-balanced curriculum which will enable all pupils to maximise their academic potential, and which prepares them effectively for their senior schools.
Prestfelde’s academic rigour cycle is effective at raising standards of academic performance and includes a multi-faceted approach. The school aims to provide first-rate, well-resourced teaching. This is backed up by effective ongoing assessment, tracking, intervention (as appropriate) and attainment.
AIM THREE: To recognise, promote and encourage individual talents
Prestfelde recognises that every boy and girl has talents as well as specific individual learning needs. We accept that each child will develop in separate ways and at different rates.
The school is dedicated to developing the potential of all pupils – physically, cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally.
The school supports this development through the provision of a first class pastoral care system and through effective communication with parents and guardians . The form tutors and Mentors support and encourage pupils as they face the challenges of modern school life, and assist them in managing changing and occasionally conflicting priorities.
Staff are on hand to guide, encourage and to educate pupils in the management of relationships. The school is keen to assist Prestfeldians in taking ownership of their own destiny.
AIM FOUR: To produce well-mannered, sensitive and self-confident young people by providing them with encouragement and the opportunities to demonstrate selflessness, a sense of service and a zest for life.
Prestfelde is committed to the provision of a successful and balanced co-educational experience which equips girls and boys for the next stages of their education, and which will form a secure foundation for future life.
The school aims to help all pupils to become increasingly caring, courteous, confident and happy individuals.
Prestfelde places great emphasis on establishing and maintaining strong links with parents in order to meet the needs of each child and thereby to achieve the aims of the school.
The policies followed in the school reflect our core values at every level – in particular our policies on Worship and Creed Equality.
AIM FIVE: To provide an environment – physical, emotional and spiritual – which motivates, challenges and supports each individual.
Prestfelde endeavours to create a cohesive and purposeful Christian community (whilst acknowledging and respecting other faiths) in which everyone can be the best they can be. The school aims to promote a culture of enquiring minds and learning in which children feel no fear of failure. Teaching aims to be progressive and responsive, and the ethos of the school is to put the pupils at the heart of everything we do.
Our Christian core values underpin everything we do. Regular Chapel services help to place these principles in context, and staff aim to apply them in every area of school life.
Key Aspects of a ‘Prestfelde Education’
Our teaching and learning is rated ‘outstanding’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI); it inspires our children to achieve to the best of their abilities.