The Reception environment at Holy Cross Prep fosters a love of learning using a cross-curricular, topic-based approach to education. Pupils’ curiosity is celebrated and their independence is encouraged. In 2013, The Department for Education recognised that Holy Cross Prep provides a unique learning experience beyond governmental expectations and the school was awarded with exemption from the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. (EYFS)

In reality, there is little change to the way in which we deliver the EYFS curriculum, however, the school has the freedom to exercise its professional judgement in implementing a variety of teaching strategies that are best suited to the pupils in our school. Teaching in reception is tailored to the needs of each individual and pupils relish all the exciting challenges that Holy Cross has to offer, including computer coding, ‘mighty writers’, STEM investigations and the accelerated maths programme.

The exemption also enables us to enrich the reception curriculum with additional, specialist teaching in a range of subjects including computing, music, PE, French and an RE programme that reflects our Catholic ethos and respect of world faiths. There is no change to the EYFS Safeguarding and Welfare requirements with which the school must comply to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils.

In addition, we continue to follow the three prime, and four specific areas of the EYFS curriculum detailed below:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
Holy Cross Prep School

Open Morning

Join our next Open Morning on Wednesday 21st September 2022

If you cannot make it to the Open Morning, please join us for our next Open Morning on Tuesday 18th October 2022.

Please click here to register your interest in attending our spring term event. Due to high demand, priority for this event will be for children joining pre-school, reception or through school in 2022 and 2023.

Our new ‘Little Sparks’ pre-school for 3-4 year old girls is now open!

“Our pre-school girls will enjoy all the advantages of our school – specialist teachers, renowned care, fabulous facilities and grounds. All in the heart of Kingston.”
– Sarah Hair, Headteacher

Contact our registrar, Mrs Wilman, via admissions@holycrossprep.com or 020 8942 0729 for more information – we would love to hear from you.