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From Pre-Nursery to Reception, we cover the seven areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

However, we are allowed to develop that curriculum to suit the needs of our children, and reflect the Ardingly ethos. That means the best parts of the National Curriculum are combined with unique Ardingly experiences and learning.  The result is the best possible progress for your child.

The Cowshed houses our Pre-Prep Reception Year, as well as the Year 1 and 2 classrooms. Each year is made up of two parallel classes.



Our two Pre-Prep Reception classes each have their own qualified teacher and teaching assistant. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum forms the basis of children's learning. Subjects such as Dance and Swimming are taught by specialist staff.

Literacy is taught through a phonic, multi-sensory approach. This provides the tools and skills for the development of reading, writing and spelling.  Children also have a great deal of fun, learning songs and playing games.  An excellent foundation for their future development. 

Outside the classroom, the children enjoy exploring their surroundings. There are regular visits to places of interest within the local area. Visitors are always welcome. Parents and grandparents join us to talk about their work or share their knowledge and experience.

Years 1 and 2

Years 1 and 2 (known as Key Stage 1) have a stimulating and challenging curriculum that exceeds all of the requirements of the National Curriculum. That way, children have the knowledge and skills for academic success.

At this stage, children have many opportunities to learn and enrich their curriculum. The topics taught each term are guided by the children's interests. A creative curriculum is designed to inspire and engage each child in their learning. There are a wide range of relevant school trips, Forest School, and specialist dance, swimming, PE and music lessons. There are individual instrumental lessons arranged through the College's Music School.

Healthy food and activity are part of our school day. PE includes swimming, ball skills, modern dance and gymnastics

 'Before School Care' starts at 8.00 am.  At the end of the school day, children can either go home at 3.15pm, take part in after school activities or attend 'After School Care' until 6.00 pm.   There’s an additional charge for all   'After School Care' and activities, please see wrap around care for more information.