Academic aspiration is a priority at Llandovery Prep School and the grounding our pupils receive is second to none. Excellent and wholly committed teachers in the classroom are the key to our academic success. Passionate, knowledgeable and sympathetic teaching ensures that the roots for learning are firmly embedded and that the correct habits and attitudes prevail.
Following the National Curriculum but not being bound by it allows us to foster a true love of learning in all our pupils. In our small class sizes we offer this rounded and broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence and our pupils benefit from specialist subject teaching in English, Mathematics, Science, Sport, Music and Drama.
Early experiences in school are key to establishing and embedding a love of learning and a respect for good conduct.
In Pre-Prep a formal approach to learning is introduced within a framework of play and exploration. The building blocks of Literacy and Numeracy are secured in these early years and our pupils are encouraged to be positive about every aspect of their learning and involvement. The principles of Harmony and sustainability form an integral theme in our learning and our pupils’ interaction with Nature reinforces and expands knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom.
Outstanding early years teaching at Llandovery Prep provides a secure foundation for intellectual and social growth and the essential building blocks for a happy and successful journey through the school.
With a positive attitude to learning secured in the early years, Middle
Prep develops curiosity and enthusiasms and seeks to begin pushing the
boundaries of knowledge and self-assurance.
Whether it is experiencing what life was like for an Iron Age Celt; carrying out experiments in the science laboratory; getting lost in the joys of reading; creating a piece of ephemeral art with the picturesque Towy Valley as inspiration; or playing the harp in a music concert, a new confidence is forged in these important years.
Conventional learning is coupled with innovation and a growth mind-set whereby pupils are encouraged to embrace challenge and risk as important aspects of successful development. Subject specific teaching provides increased focus and specialist tuition in sport, music, science, languages and ICT begins to nurture real expertise.
Opportunities for public speaking and debating, welcoming visitors, creative performance and representing the school on the games field develop a modest and grounded confidence that typically emerges throughout the Middle Prep years, enabling pupils to adapt effectively to a variety of increasingly challenging situations and occasions.
Years 7 and 8 are included in our Prep School provision in order to provide a smoother transition into the senior College as well as to ensure a firm consolidation of progress made most significantly in Literacy and Numeracy.
The Form Teacher remains the focus of provision in the Upper Prep, providing an essential overview of academic progress as well as outstanding pastoral care. Increased specialised teaching delivered by senior school staff broadens and deepens academic interest, preparing pupils well for the rigours of secondary education.
Retaining Years 7 & 8 in the Prep School means that we can deliver 50% more Literacy and Numeracy over the course of a week with negligible impact on other disciplines: we maintain our healthy diet of Welsh, Science, French, History, Drama, Geography, IT, Music, PE, Art and so on – we even have time for Classical Studies and Latin.
Educational benefits have inspired this plan, but there are clear social advantages too. Spending two more years at the top of a school instead of two more at the bottom prolongs childhood and allows for greater social growth.
The Llandovery model – unique in Wales – allows our pupils to benefit from greater opportunities for leadership and personal growth in a secure and sensibly monitored environment, whilst managing a smooth and seamless transition into the senior College.