Prep Overview

The transition to the Prep Department marks the next exciting stage of your child’s education at The Ryleys.  Here the pupils’ learning is extended and enhanced with the introduction of specialist teachers in all subjects.  The specialist teaching provides an outstanding education.  The move away from being based in one classroom increases pupils’ independence, responsibility and confidence.  This teaching format, coupled with small class sizes and an excellent learning support and enhancement structure, ensures a bespoke education and success for every child.

At this stage of your child’s education, there is also an extension of sports, arts and cultural subjects.  Specialist teachers will help your child realise their potential and discover their talents in whichever field they shine, be it on the rugby pitch or netball court, in the music studio, on the stage, or in the art and design room.


Preparation for the 11+ examinations is always a crucial element of any creditable prep school, and at The Ryleys, we have vast experience in successfully preparing and navigating pupils through the 11+ procedure.  There is a rigorous system in place to ensure that pupils are thoroughly equipped to confidently tackle all elements of the examinations, including interview practice and mock examinations.


Homework is regularly set in all key subjects and plays an important role in helping pupils to consolidate and extend their learning, as well as providing an opportunity for independent study and research.  In Year 3 and 4, the average time for homework is 40 minutes, increasing to 1 hour by Year 6.


In the Prep Department, pupils are offered the opportunity to volunteer for key roles such as Head Girl, Head Boy, prefects and to become members of the school council.  All these coveted positions give pupils a chance to develop personal traits of responsibility and leadership skills.


The Ryleys’ extra-curricular provision is second-to-none with a vast array of activities on offer.  There is something for everyone to get involved with, from General Knowledge Club, to skiing, or sailing; the majority of which are without charge.  The clubs are held after school and give an extra dimension to your child’s learning and development outside the classroom.