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Well-Rounded Education

Posted on November 30 2015

My school career was a mixed bag. Having initially been brought up in London, due to my father’s work commitments, I moved around the country to many areas of England. Between the ages of 7 and 16, I spent time at five different schools and experienced many different styles of teaching and learning. I was fortunate to have been taught by some excellent teachers who inspired me and, on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at school.

However, I don’t recall many individual lessons. Looking back now it was the sports, music and art lessons that really stick in my mind – that and the day a stray dog ran into school! It is these subjects that can often be omitted from schools as they focus on core curriculum skills in Maths and English. Many schools also alter timetables to allow time for extra preparation for key stage assessments or entrance examinations, leaving fewer opportunities for pupils to experience the wider areas of the curriculum.

At Forest Park Preparatory School, the priority is to provide a well-rounded education for the children. Of course, the academic subjects are a vital element of this and we consistently achieve excellent results – during the past 5 years, no less than 80% of our children securing a place at a local grammar school. But we also ensure that the children receive a rich and varied curriculum that provides enrichment in all areas of learning.

Music is a key element of the school and we are very proud of our musical talents. The recent Autumn Concert at Forest Park was a testament to the many talented musicians at the school. Sport is another important area that we provide at Forest Park. The coaching links with Manchester City FC have increased the skill based learning greatly and the quality of swimming also continues to improve. Three Forest Park pupils will represent the North ISA team at the national finals in January, an excellent achievement for a small prep school like ours. Art, craft and design is way to promote creativity within children and our extensive art programme in school does this effectively. The children learn key artistic skills and produce work to a very high standard. So high in fact, Forest Park has recently won first place in the ISA National Art Competition for 2015.

Forest Park Prep School has a wealth of talented individuals and we strive to provide opportunities for these talents to shine. It is our aim to celebrate achievement and ensure the children have confidence in their own abilities and move on to future schools as well-rounded individuals.

Nick Tucker

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