Children join the Prep school at the beginning of Key Stage 2 in Year 3. At this time, they move over from the Red House to the Main School & Old School buildings on the other side of Deangate. The introduction to their new environment is carefully handled and the children readily take to their new surroundings. For the first couple of years in the Prep School, the familiar setting of a class led by their own form teacher allows the children to settle-in, whilst teaching by subject specialists is only gradually increased.
The Prep school is open from 8am but the day formally begins at 8:55am with school assembly in the Old School Hall. Lessons begin at 9:20 and continue, with a morning break, until 1pm. Afternoon lessons begin again at 2pm, although on two afternoons each week these take the form of organised sports coaching. There are more opportunities to join in with group musical activities and many pupils opt for individual instrumental tuition in school. Formal lessons end at 4pm. Those staying beyond this time are offered a light tea. After school activity options are many and varied. Supervised prep (homework) is another option and this is led by the duty member of staff. The school day ends at 5:20pm. Choristers follow the same timetable as all other pupils, though their programme before and after school is different.