Frequently Asked Questions
How big is the School?
Blundell’s Prep School is a medium size school of approximately 230 pupils. It caters for pupils aged from 2½ to 11 years old.
What are the Class Sizes?
Blundell’s Prep offers small class sizes to ensure that each child receives high quality individual care. Our class sizes range from 10 to 19 depending on year group and the School has the flexibility to increase the number of classes to enable children to be taught in smaller groups should numbers in the school increase.
What age can my child start?
Your child may start in our Nursery from 2½ years old. We offer Taster Days before a child starts to ensure that their transition into School is easy.
Does my child have to start at the beginning of the Academic Year?
Although the majority of children do join at the start of the academic year we do understand that a change of house or other circumstances can mean that a family may not be in a position to join us until later on in the year. Therefore, children are welcome to join us at any time during the year.
Do most children live locally?
Our children come from quite a wide area across Devon and Somerset. Some parents car share and we have a few who walk in but the majority do live in Tiverton and the surrounding villages whilst others live a long way out.
Do you offer a minibus service?
Children attend Blundell’s Preparatory School from quite a wide area. We are able to offer a comprehensive bus service in tandem with our Senior School.
How much Prep will my child have?
Our School day is busy, long and productive and homework is normally used to reinforce material already learned in class. In their early years the focus will be on reading and by Year 2 spellings and some practical maths activities will be included. During Years 3 and 4 reading, spellings, times-tables and a French activity book are the general requirements. More structured homework can be expected in Years 5 and 6 where 15 minutes of reading and one 30 minute Prep is set each night.
What provision is there for before school and after school care?
Children are welcome to enter the School from 8.00 am each morning and are supervised until School commences at 8.30 am. Blundell’s Prep offers an extensive range of clubs, many of which there is no charge for.
Do you cater for children with Special Needs?
Blundell’s Prep School is able to offer Learning Support during a lesson and on a one-to-one basis for a small number of children with moderate learning difficulties. Our Head Master, Mr Southgate, would be happy to talk to parents who have concerns about their child’s progress during a parental visit to the School. See our admissions policy.
How do you stimulate children who are able and talented?
Those who have been identified as able and talented are given opportunities within all subject areas and through extra-curricular activities to use and develop their gifts and talents to fulfil their potential.
Can my child learn an Instrument?
At Blundell’s Prep School we pride ourselves on the range of instruments on offer to our children. A wide range of lunch time clubs are available including Orchestra, Strings Group and Brass Club where children can further hone their skills by playing as part of a group. Choir is available for children each Tuesday and we also offer individual Speech and Drama lessons. See our full range of music lessons.
Do we need to provide lunch or snacks?
Not at all as we provide a choice of hot lunch or a salad each day along with choices of a hot pudding, yoghurt and fresh fruit. Our aim is to provide children with a well-balanced, nutritional diet and snacks are offered during the day and include fresh fruit and bread sticks. For those staying to after school clubs, sandwiches and fruit are available. Special dietary needs are also catered for.
How is my child kept safe at School?
We have a thorough procedure for ensuring the safety of the children in our care. Health and safety checks are carried out regularly and staff are kept up-to-date with First Aid Training, child protection training and carrying out risk assessments. The safety and happiness of the children is extremely important to us.
What is your policy on Bullying?
We have a very effective bullying policy and any bullying issues are resolved quickly and discreetly. Our School policies may be accessed on the Main Menu or via the site map page.
What is Blundell’s Prep School ethos?
Our ethos is to develop self-discipline, responsibility, spiritual and moral values in every pupil, leading to high standards of behaviour, consideration for others and a pride in oneself and one’s achievements. We want the children to enjoy their time at school and to be nurtured and challenged throughout their time with us.
How do we communicate with parents?
We operate a system whereby parents can meet, email or talk by telephone to staff in order to discuss day-to-day concerns and their child’s progress. In addition we hold informal coffee mornings and a fortnightly iLetter to keep parents up-to-date with events at school. More formal feedback is given through Parents’ evenings, Effort and Attainment Grades and detailed, written reports.
How are new children helped to integrate?
We pride ourselves on enabling children to settle in quickly. All staff take the time to make sure that new children feel part of each class and are supported not only in their learning but in all areas of school life. Each child is assigned a couple of buddies to take care of them during their first few weeks of school and there is regular contact between parents and their child’s Form Tutor.
What Facilities do you have?
We have modern purpose-built building with excellent facilities and resources. Our pupils are also able to make use of some of the outstanding facilities that our senior school has to offer.
Do children learn another language?
All our children learn French as part of the curriculum from Nursery to Year 6 and are taught by a specialist Modern Foreign languages teacher. We also offer Spanish Club to those children who wish to further extend their language skills.
How do you perform on the Games field?
Blundell’s is renowned for its sporting prowess with all of our boys and girls being given the opportunity to represent the school against the leading teams in the South West and beyond. Although we enjoy winning it is playing the game well which matters most. Participation for all is important and every child will represent the school in a range of sports during their time at our School.
How much are the School Fees?
Please see our School Fees section.
Is there Saturday morning school?
Blundell’s Prep School does not operate Saturday School. For those children joining the Senior School this currently commences in Year 9.
Is there a link between the Prep School and the Senior School?
The link between the Prep School and the Senior School is very close and very strong. The majority of the children move from the Prep School through to the Senior School although that is not the case with all children. Many of the facilities are shared between the Schools including the two astro turf pitches, Ondaatje Theatre, the Sports Hall and the beautiful chapel. The two schools also join up for concerts throughout the year. The Senior Leadership teams meet regularly and the school shares the same Board of Governors although the Prep School does have its own committee which is made up of members of the Full Board.
Is there a question that you would like us to answer that is not included in our FAQs? Why not drop us an e-mail and we will endeavour to give you a detailed response.