Life Outside of the Classroom
During their time at The Prep your child will explore art and their artistic skills in an environment that enables their creativity to blossom. He or she will also be able to take their skills and interests further outside the classroom, with our Art Studio open all day for children to come and create.
Our bright, purpose-built Art Studio is the focus for art at The Prep and contains all of the tools your child will need to create their own masterpiece. Within the curriculum, your child will explore a wide variety of media, steadily trying and learning new skills, and creating art that makes them feel good about themselves. We have numerous opportunities to display pupils’ artwork, often in contexts that parents, visitors and even the public can view.
Outside the classroom, your child can choose to take part in a weekly Art Club where they can enjoy creating art and developing their talent even further. In Upper School, we also offer an Art Scholars' Club to support pupils who are considering or preparing for an art scholarship.
Clubs & Activities
Our huge programme of over 40 clubs and activities has been designed to help your child explore new interests and develop their hobbies outside the curriculum.
Examples of the clubs on offer include Archery, Bakery, Coding, Creative Writing, DT, Equestrian and Fencing, as well as sports clubs, Art and Drama. We aim to provide a mix of activities that allow your child to take talents they have shown in the classroom further as well as explore something that is ‘out of the ordinary’ and far removed from what they will learn during the main school day.
Your child will be encouraged to take part in regular clubs and activities each week. Many children choose to take part in as many as possible, although we always take care to balance academic needs with these out-of-school commitments.
Our clubs and activities are run by our talented, experienced staff. They typically take place after the formal school day ends and many make use of the outstanding modern facilities Cheltenham Prep has to offer.
Drama has much to offer in children’s personal development and your child will have plenty of opportunities to practise their skills during their time at The Prep.
In Lower School, Drama Club focuses on acting skills and performance techniques. In Middle and Upper School, the focus switches to productions where anyone who would like to participate gets a part. The Shakespeare Schools’ Festival provides a further opportunity for pupils to rehearse scenes from Shakespeare that they then perform both in school and at a professional local theatre as part of the world’s largest youth drama festival.
Aside from our Drama Clubs and lessons, your child will also be able to play a part in one of the many performances that each area of The Prep holds throughout the year. These include a nativity play, musical, pantomimes, Shakespeare and an annual stage production which we perform in front of parents and guests.
Music is an important part of life at The Prep both in the classroom and outside it, with private one to one tuition available to any pupil. This focus is reflected in the numbers of pupils who join national ensembles and orchestras and gain music scholarships after they leave The Prep.
Music lessons are part of life at all levels at The Prep, from discovering instruments, rhythms and songs in Nursery to musical theory and music-making through the rest of school.
Much of our musical activity takes place in the Lake House, which has a fully equipped music technology suite of Apple iMacs and digital keyboards, 10 individual practice rooms, instrument storage and a music library.
Private tuition is available if your child would like to learn one or more musical instruments. Learning a musical instrument is an excellent way to develop self-esteem, patience and confidence as well as to nurture a talent. Over 75% of our pupils take this opportunity to enhance their skills.
Your child can also take part in lots of different musical groups. The Prep has four choirs, an orchestra, a jazz band, string ensembles, wind and brass groups, string quartets, cello trios, a guitar group and a percussion ensemble that practise during lunch breaks and after school.
Performance is a vital part of musical learning and Cheltenham College offers outstanding performance spaces. Our Assembly Hall has specialist lighting, sound and seating for 200 people. We have a theatre, Big Classical, the chandelier-lit recital room, Thirlestaine Long Gallery in Thirlestaine House and our stunning 19th century Chapel.
Sport for all is the ethos at The Prep. Whether it’s the first team or the Under 8s C team, every team has their own designated coach and our inclusive approach allows all children to participate and lots to excel.
Our teachers and coaches are experts in their sports. Many, such as our Director of Rugby Olly Morgan, are ex-professionals too. Our outstanding sports facilities include grass and Astro Turf pitches, an athletics track, tennis courts and squash courts, a fitness suite, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool and a fully equipped sports hall. It all means the quality of sports teaching at The Prep really stands out.
Your child will play a range of sports throughout each year. For girls it begins with hockey in the Autumn Term and then netball in the Spring Term. In the Summer Term, there are opportunities for both tennis and cricket. For the boys it is rugby in the Autumn Term, hockey and football in the Spring Term and cricket in the Summer Term. Your child will also have the chance to try a range of other sports including swimming, cross country, athletics and skiing.
To help your child develop their skills and enjoy new experiences, he or she will have lots of opportunities to take part in competitive sporting fixtures, sports trips and tours at all stages of their school career.