- helping parents choose the best private preparatory or pre-preparatory school for their child

Fantastic fantastic fantastic! He absolutely loves it there and he is so happy. We have received a wonderful report and he loves the new headmaster. He has made some gorgeous friends and so far he has seen absolutely no bullying!! He has thrown himself into school life and to be honest he has done more at X in two months then he ever did during the three years at Y! Thank you so much and if you ever have any parents interested I would be only too willing to talk to them.

Mrs S W


Start Learning Early

Learning languages from a young age should be fun and exciting and brings many benefits to children in terms of building confidence, helping with general literacy and reading skills as well as introducing them to different cultures. Young children are excellent mimics and can make rapid progress.

The vast majority of private prep schools teach French from the time children start school right through to Common Entrance at 13+ giving them a very secure grounding in language learning. Schools often offer additional modern foreign languages in the upper years, especially Spanish and German. Some also teach Mandarin, Italian or Japanese or offer these as extra-curricular activities.

Schools preparing children for Common Entrance also teach Latin and/or Greek, often to the equivalent of GCSE level by the end of Year 8!

If your child is already fluent in another language because it is spoken at home or you have lived abroad you should find out if provision can be made for this at the school so that your child does not lose this valuable skill.

When considering prep schools you should ask about the following:

- Which languages are taught and when are they introduced?
- Are languages taught by specialist language teachers?
- Can ALL children learn a second language or is this restricted to “top” sets?
- When is Latin (or Greek) introduced and what level are children expected to reach?
- Are there any opportunities for learning additional languages, such as Mandarin or Japanese?
- What international opportunities are available to children? (exchanges and links with schools in other countries, trips abroad, international themed days etc)

If you are keen for your child to continue being taught in their native language in the UK please ask us about bi-lingual schools.

For further information and advice on choosing a school with specialist provision for languages please call us on +44 (0) 1732 368767 or complete the Enquiry Form