Prep Department Curriculum
From Year 3, lessons are taught by both form teachers and specialist subject staff, making full use of Lanesborough's excellent classroom, laboratory and computer facilities. Classes remain small (average 16 boys) to allow everyone to flourish, with all pupils receiving maximum attention from teachers. A full timetable includes French and a varied programme of sporting activities all year round. As in the earlier years, the National Curriculum is only part of the school's own curriculum which covers a broad spectrum of academic, physical and artistic experience to challenge the mind and develop personal interests and skills. Computers and ICT are a vital part of the teaching of many subjects. The school is particularly well-equipped with the latest technology in the computing suite where a whole class can work together as well as there being interactive whiteboards in every classroom.
Lanesborough is always aware of the range of abilities amongst its pupils, supporting those who may experience specific learning difficulties through a learning support programme. Every effort is made to diagnose any problems early so that parents may be alerted and suitable help provided.
From Year 4, all boys study English, mathematics, science, French, history, geography, music, art, ICT, digital literacy and DT, physical education and religious studies; Latin and verbal reasoning are added in Year 5, and Spanish in Year 6. In Year 4, boys are still taught for the majority of their lessons by their form teacher but the boys are beginning to have more lessons with specialist teachers in specialist rooms. In Year 5 all teaching is done by specialist teachers.
Year 4 is also where boys are put in sets for mathematics. Although Lanesborough does not believe in rigorous streaming, it does find setting useful in some subjects to tailor teaching to different abilities. In Years 7 and 8 pupils are prepared for the Common Entrance or Public Schools' Scholarship Examinations and helped to make their choice of senior school.
Homework increases through the Prep Department, regular tests are given and assessments of progress are made using a system of grades.
The school is particularly keen to respond to boys' needs as they approach adolescence and make the transition to the next stage of their school life. As prefects, librarians or monitors, Lanesborough's senior boys have the opportunity to demonstrate their increasing maturity by taking an active role in the daily running of the school. Our aim is to develop boys who are well-balanced, responsible and confident individuals prepared to make the most of the rest of their education.