Preparatory School Facilities
As of September 2012, our Pre-Prep and Junior departments have merged to become Hethersett Old Hall Preparatory School which is located in what were previously called our Pre-Prep and Junior buildings in our walled garden behind the main house.
Our Lower Prep pupils from nursery (age 3) through to our Year 1 pupils (age 6) are housed in the Orchard Building. This attractive, welcoming and modern building has three classrooms and the Preparatory School hall is also situated here, where Lower Prep assemblies, breakfast and after-school club is held.
The Lower Prep building is fully secure with a code-controlled gate to prevent our youngest pupils from wandering the grounds without supervision and to control access to bona fide visitors.
Adjacent to the Orchard Building is the Garden Building, which was previously the Junior block, where our Upper Prep pupils from Year 2 (age 6) through to Year 6 (age 11) are taught. Boys and girls from Year 2 have their own separate cloakrooms and changing rooms in this building.
The Preparatory School is well equipped with interactive technology and white boards and there is a rolling programme of improvement of ICT facilities. Older pupils also use the computer suites housed in the Senior School.
Separating the Orchard and Garden buildings is the Preparatory School playground. Nursery and Reception pupils have sole access to their own enclosed area with a wooden climbing frame and a wide range of ride on toys and outdoor play equipment. Our Year 1 and 2 pupils have their own grass and concrete play area with a trim trail and outdoor play equipment including a football goal and netball hoop. Pupils in Years 3-6 get to enjoy to an impressive wooden climbing frame with a slide, which was newly installed in a gated area in September 2012. We are always very safety conscious and the climbing frame has been constructed in a special rubber chip area to ensure pupils’ safety.
Preparatory pupils also benefit from all the other facilities on site, such as our indoor heated swimming pool, sports field, tennis courts, sports hall and music rooms. Our Upper Prep pupils use the Senior School science laboratories, food and technology room and design and technology workshop for lessons. Our Lower Prep and Upper boys and girls also have their own allotments and enjoy growing their own food during the year.
All pupils are actively encouraged to make the most of our wonderful grounds at playtime, including our woodland area, fields, Friendship Garden and orchard. Teachers also make use of our grounds to support their teaching, for example, they may take pupils for a walk in the rain to stimulate writing a poem about the weather, or they may gather fallen leaves in the wood to support their learning about the seasons.