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PROSPECTUS LORETO PREPARATORY SCHOOL Dunham RoadAltrinchamWA14 4GZ Tel 0161 928 8310 A Word from the Head Thank you for viewing our prospectus. In this booklet we have outlined the main features of our school and curriculum but a booklet can only give an overview of our approach to education and cannot truly encompass the living environment of a school. Having read about us if you would like to learn more please contact my secretary 0161 928 8310 and make an appointment for a personal tour of the school or come along to our next Open Morning see website for details. Further information about the school may be found by visiting our website at www.loretoprep.org.uk. Helen Norwood BA Hons PGCE Headteacher Meeting the challenges and opportunities of a changing world... Loreto Preparatory School is a Catholic independent primary school for girls aged 3 to 11 years which is under the trusteeship of the Loreto Sisters. The Loreto Sisters are a worldwide network with schools in most continents. The foundress of the order was Mary Ward a Yorkshire woman of great vision who in the late 16th century believed in education for girls Her teaching was based firmly on the Gospel values and she upheld the principles of Truth Justice Sincerity Freedom Joy Internationality and Excellence which we recognise in our Mission Statement. Mission Statement Foundation At Loreto Preparatory School we are eager and inspired to do our best meeting the challenges and opportunities of a changing world with love in our hearts. We are called to be joyful and prayerful living the Gospel and celebrating the values of Mary Ward with parents and our Loreto Community. Women in time to come will do much. MaryWard We are called to be joyful and prayerful living the Gospel and celebrating the values of Mary Ward. Geographical Situation The school is close to the market town of Altrincham and is easily reached by road or rail. On arrival visitors to the school should enter by the Main Entrance on the left hand side of the building and report to Reception. Car parking is available at the front of the school building. Loreto Preparatory School The school is close to the market town of Altrincham and is easily reached by road or rail. creative commons use Goose Green - Altrincham Cheshire - Anthony ONeil Altrincham Old Market Place - Altrincham.Net Children may be admitted to the school after their third birthday normally at the beginning of the school year during which they will be four years old. Admission to the EarlyYears Foundation Stage and Infant Department is by interview. Admission to the Junior Department is by interview and assessment. Children who do not reach the required standard may be considered for admission after consultation with the parents or guardians to ascertain whether the school can fully support the needs of the child. Priority is given to children who are baptised in the Roman Catholic Faith. Children of other Christian denominations and children of other Faiths are also welcome in Loreto Preparatory School. All children are required to follow the Religious Education Programme in the school but at the same time appreciation respect and tolerance of other Faiths is exercised and encouraged. Children with a home language other than English are welcome in Loreto. We value this linguistic diversity and aim to provide opportunities for these children to develop. The needs of the children and the ability of Loreto to meet these needs will be discussed with parents before a place is offered. Children with Special Educational Needs are welcome in Loreto. Again the needs of the child and the ability of the school to meet these needs will be discussed with parents before a place is offered. There is one class for each year group. Admissions Children with a home language other than English are welcome in Loreto. We value this linguistic diversity and aim to provide opportunities for these children to develop. Curriculum The aim of Loreto Preparatory School is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to enable all our children to reach their full potential.The curriculum will give pupils experience in linguistic mathematical scientific technological human and social physical aesthetic and creative education. In our school academic excellence is highly valued. Excellence is never an accident it is the result of high expectation sincere effort intelligent direction and skilful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives by Governors and Staff. Our teaching schemes have been carefully chosen and we liaise with the principal publishers of educational materials to ensure that our resources meet the requirements of a modern broad and balanced curriculum. We formally assess the children each term which allows us to monitor progress and give support where necessary. The results of these tests are reported to parents. Foundation Stage Our Nursery is for children of three and four years of age. They may attend part-time in the mornings or full-time over a choice of days. Our EarlyYears children have brought their unique charm and view of the world to our school. We are a partner in the Trafford EarlyYears Partnership and as such children who attend our school are able to apply for the EarlyYears funding which is currently15 hours free each week. The funding is available to all children until the end of the term in which they attain the age of five. In the EarlyYears Foundation Stage which includes our Reception class the children follow the EarlyYears Foundation Stage curriculum. Our active approach to the teaching of phonics and mathematics combines to give the children an excellent start in literacy and numeracy. through practical tasks using a selection of materials the children are able to develop a range of skills and techniques Our EarlyYears children have brought their unique charm and view of the world to our school. Curriculum Religious Education Religious Education which encompasses moral and spiritual development is central to our teaching which is based on the principles of the Gospel. Liturgical celebration both Eucharistic and non- Eucharistic is at the heart of life at Loreto Prep School. Assemblies too are an important feature of school life. All children are required to follow the Religious Education Programme in the school but at the same time appreciation respect and tolerance of other Faiths are exercised and encouraged. There is a well-established Sacramental Programme in the school enabling parents and teachers to work together to prepare children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist which are celebrated as part of the school family. English Mathematics and Science The teaching of the core subjects of English Mathematics and Science is considered to be of paramount importance. While there is an emphasis on academic excellence achievement is celebrated at all levels of ability and in all areas. Our schemes have been carefully chosen and are reviewed annually to ensure we continue to provide a broad and balanced modern curriculum with continuity progression and extension. As well as the experience of curriculum visits off site we also invite experts into the classroom to enrich the curriculum for the pupils. We have had visits from a Viking settler Florence Nightingale and a fascinating talk and display of Birds of Prey to name but a few. We develop our curriculum in the best interests of our children. Curriculum Art Art and design may be undertaken in combination with other subjects or as a basis for developing specific learning objectives matched to the abilities of the children in each class. Design and Technology Design and Technology is taught throughout the school by investigating how to design for a specific purpose. Through practical tasks using a selection of materials the children are able to develop a range of skills and techniques. Performing Arts Our children are offered a wide range of opportunities from classroom activities where they develop and explore their musical ideas to instrumental tuition offered in recorder guitar piano and a variety of orchestral instruments provided by a team of experienced staff. Our musicians encourage and support each other. At times impromptu groups rehearsing new material can be heard around the school. All children leave us with an ability to perform at some level on a musical instrument most with certificates of merit awarded internally. Others achieve success in The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music Examinations held annually at the school. The school orchestra our talented choristers and other instrumental ensembles are given ample opportunity to perform throughout the school year as well as taking part in musical productions. Our children find music making an enjoyable and rewarding experience which is reflected in their enthusiasm and commitment. Our children find music making an enjoyable and rewarding experience which is reflected in their enthusiasm and commitment. Curriculum Physical Education Education of the whole person must include physical development alongside development in other curriculum areas. In Loreto Prep there is an extensive programme of sports and physical education which in addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle enables our pupils to accept success and failure graciously and to co-operate with others using their best qualities to contribute to the greater good of the whole group. In addition to class lessons in gymnastics and games skills there is a wide range of extra-curricular activities including netball badminton rounders cross-country athletics and swimming. Pupils compete in local and national sporting events achieving outstanding results. All children participate in an annual Sports Day. An outdoor pursuits residential visit is the highlight of the year forYear 6. An outdoor pursuits residential visit is the highlight of the year for the top class. Curriculum Information and Communication Technology Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard which is used extensively in class lessons.We have a modern IT suite which caters for a full class of children. Wireless technology is used throughout the school. Languages In the Foundation Stage the children are introduced to the concept of languages other than their own. They are encouraged to learn a greeting in another language and visitors are asked if they can contribute to the extensive bank of vocabulary already know by the children. French is taught in both Infant and Junior classes.The children learn about the culture of France as well as acquiring language skills. An interactive whiteboard is used extensively in class lessons. Staffing Assessment Our dedicated teachers are all fully qualified and regularly attend further training to develop specialist skills. They are supported by experienced teaching assistants. Physical Education and Music are taught by specialist teachers. The school has a team of support teachers who work alongside the class teachers in the core subjects of Mathematics and English. This involves working in small groups or individually. Consequently in our junior department Maths is taught in groups of approximately fifteen and English support is targeted at those pupils who may experience difficulty in reading or spelling. If the school is concerned that a child has a learning difficulty such as dyslexia we are able to seek the professional services of an educational psychologist to give advice. Support is also given to extend the able and gifted children. Teaching and Learning are reviewed in the light of National Curriculum requirements as well as guidelines and directives from government. As an independent school we are able to develop our curriculum in the best interests of our children. Formal assessments take place twice a year and allow the monitoring of progress so that extension and support work can be put in place. As an independent school we are able to develop our curriculum in the best interest of our children. Facilities There is a separate music room. Both the Infant and Junior departments have well stocked central libraries in addition to individual class libraries. The junior library is computerised. Children are taught how to find information in books and how to make best use of libraries both in school and in their local areas. In addition to the computer suite the school has computers in various areas around the school and in most classrooms. Each class base has an interactive whiteboard. The Preparatory School is in close proximity to Loreto Grammar School enabling excellent liaison. Loreto Preparatory School was founded in Altrincham in 1909 but moved into a modern purpose-built school in 1971. The school stands in pleasant grounds which provide a natural resource for environmental studies. In addition to individual classrooms there are large shared working areas and a well-equipped gymnasium which also serves as an assembly hall and dining room. It is fitted with excellent stage lighting for school productions. The school was extended in 2004 with the addition of two modern classrooms. The refurbishment of the original building enabled us to create a large modern computer suite. In addition to the computer suite the school has computers in various areas around the school. Practicalities SCHOOL HOURS Children should be in school by 8.40 am ready to attend assembly at 8.45 am. Finishing Times Nursery and Reception 3pm Preps 2 and 3 3.15 pm Preps 4 5 3.30 pm Preps 6 7 3.35 pm FEES Fees are due on the first day of term or may be paid in10 monthly instalments. Further details are available from the school Bursar. Fees cover the cost of tuition textbooks and stationery. Not included in the fees Curriculum visits Extra curricular activities Private music lessons Musical instruments The school is a partner in the Trafford EarlyYears Partnership and provides up to 15 hours free for children who qualify under the EarlyYears terms and conditions. Further details are available from the Bursar TERMS Autumn Spring Summer. UNIFORM The school has a uniform policy and parents are asked to see that their childrens uniform conforms to the regulations. It is most important that all items of uniform and other belongings be named. TRANSPORT There are school bus services from Flixton StockportWarrington Stockton Heath. Lymm Newton-le-Willows Croft and Culcheth and Wilmslow. Pupils must be in the Junior Department to travel on the school bus i.e. in Prep 4 Year 3 or above. BEFORE and AFTER SCHOOL CARE The school is open for children from 8.00am. The children may come into the main hall where they are supervised by a member of staff until assembly time. Children in the Foundation Stage may arrive from 8.30am. The After School club starts at 3.30pm and is for children of Loreto Preparatory School only. After an initial play the children have a light snack and then do a range of activities. There is a quiet area for homework. The club currently runs until 5.30pm but an Early Doors option of 4.30pm is also available. Children may attend this club from the time they are in Prep 1 Reception NOTICE OF LEAVING Parents are required to give one complete terms notice in writing or one terms fees in lieu of notice prior to the removal of a pupil. The Governors reserve the right to ask for the withdrawal of a pupil should the necessity arise. We are a Catholic Independent school for girls aged 3 to 11. The Crest of the Institute of the BlessedVirgin Mary The Crest of the Institute is familiar to all who are connected with Loreto. In the first section is the Cross which is the very centre of Christianity. All grace comes from Christ - the great High Priest of the human race. Next to the Cross is the Sacred Heart of Our Lord. The cross which surmounts it and the crown of thorns which surrounds it symbolise the great love which caused Him to die on the Cross for our salvation. Greater love than this no man has that he lay down his life for his friend. In the bottom left-hand section is the sacred heart of Our Lady the Mother of the Church. Devotion to our Blessed Mother is naturally a characteristic of a congregation which bears her name - The Institute of the BlessedVirgin Mary. Finally there is an anchor which represents Faith. Faith is the foundation of the Christian Life. All this is summed up in the words of the Crest While I live I believe in the Cross of Christ and Mary Queen of the Angels. Accreditation This school has been accredited to the Independent Schools Association. Membership is subject to regular review. The Association is affiliated to the Independent Schools Joint Council. The President of the Association is Dr B.M.W.Trapnell CBE and the Chief Executive Officer is Neil Roskilly. CHAIR OF GOVERNORS Sister Jacinta Davenport IBVM HEADTEACHER Mrs Helen Norwood DEPUTY HEADTEACHER Mrs Joanne Farmer LORETO PREPARATORY SCHOOL Dunham RoadAltrinchamWA14 4GZ Tel 0161 928 8310 This hanging was made by the girls who first moved into the new extension in 2004. They designed it and then each girl worked on a square. Within it they have woven the words which we recognise as our core values FreedomTruth Justice Sincerity and above all Joy.