Prep School

Prep School is a happy and encouraging community where the care of the children is our priority. Children are far more likely to excel at school if they are happy and feel cared for and we take our pastoral responsibilities very seriously. The children know there is always someone they can turn to or talk to, beginning with their class teacher who has primary responsibility for the children in their care and quickly gets to know every child and helps them in their academic and social progress. We also have a full time school counsellor.

The children themselves also understand the importance of caring for one another. Central to our ethos is ‘The Barney Way’, a set of values that are taught to the children from the outset. The Barney Way values are evident around school and reinforced in assemblies and Chapel gatherings to help the children remember and understand what is expected of them. In PSHCEE lessons the children learn to develop their social skills, expected behaviours and how to care for others.

Pastoral care at Prep School is overseen by Mrs Lianne Taylor, Deputy Head (Pastoral).

“The setting provides a caring and supportive environment, where children are helped to develop positive relationships. Children feel safe, understand the rules and boundaries of appropriate behaviour and know that there are many trusted people with whom they can build relationships.” Independent Schools Inspectorate