Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Prep School Forging Forward into 2016

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Prep School Forging Forward into 2016

Article excerpt

NURTURING a love of learning in each and every pupil - from the ages of three to 11 - is at the heart of the ethos of Newcastle's only preparatory school, NPS.

And parents, who may be daunted by the search for a stimulating environment with first rate curriculum for their child, will be delighted to discover NPS.

Parents who choose NPS can feel confident that they have set their child on an exciting path where learning is fun yet rigorous, being delivered by a creative team of committed professionals who ensure that the whole child is central in their teaching.

As experts in the world of primary education, the school staff gain a sense of deep satisfaction from knowing that they are continually striving to provide a curriculum which reflects the exciting challenges of the 21st century.

They regard it as a privilege to join parents on their journey as children unlock their potential, whether that be through, a hands-on science experiment, whole class poetry challenges or a maths' treasure hunt. NPS knows that the possibilities are endless.

From the beginning of an education at NPS, in First Steps Nursery, a carefully planned curriculum ensures that children's first experience of NPS is inspirational.

From this wonderful, exciting beginning children proceed through school and progression flows naturally, underpinning important learning blocks.

Children take pride as they move through school, reflecting on how they have progressed in learning journals and using the skills of evaluation to set themselves new demanding challenges.

NPS is an exciting place in which to learn. The well-resourced library, complete with its own unique story tree chair created by a local artist, shows the school's commitment to both engendering a love of books in all of children and promoting the importance of creativity.

Vibrant displays throughout the school reflect the dynamic curriculum led by a specialist who encourages the children to experiment and express themselves in a wide range of media.

The music suite, complete with practice rooms and a range of musical instruments, ensures that music is at the centre of pupils' creative development whilst also complementing the wider curriculum.

Science lessons take place in an extremely well-equipped science laboratory where children are able to experiment and adopt a variety of practical learning strategies.

ICT is a vital part of learning at NPS so all children have access to iPads, computers and interactive boards. The use of ICT promotes independent learning throughout the school and children also have the opportunity to learn how to code.

French is taught throughout school in lively and interactive lessons where children become comfortable with new skills and appreciate that a new language can be fun.

Taster sessions in Spanish and German are also available so that pupils have excellent experiences of a range of languages before moving on to senior school. …

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