- School Life
Welcome to Micklefield and thank you for requesting a copy of our prospectus.
Micklefield is a happy, flourishing school where children can enjoy all aspects of learning. We aim to create a family atmosphere where each child is encouraged to develop their potential whilst becoming confident, responsible and independent members of the community. We work with parents to instil respect, tolerance and self-discipline.
Micklefield’s children are nurtured so that their talents, whether academic, sporting, musical or creative, can be developed and valued. We pride ourselves on knowing each of the children individually, creating an environment where trust and security encourage children to thrive.
While I hope you enjoy looking at our prospectus I believe that you would enjoy meeting the children and staff even more!
I would be proud to show you our school whenever you are able to visit.
Micklefield was founded in 1910 by Miss Jones and her niece Miss Carpenter in a house in Evesham Road, Reigate. The name of the house was Micklefield and this is how the school got its name. The school moved to its present site in 1925 when the Headmistress bought 10 Somers Road. The building had a gym, having been used as a school before, and it seems that dancing and dressing up glamorously for special occasions were part of Micklefield life.
At the start of the 1960s the school became the charitable Trust that it is today. The 1980s and 90s saw Micklefield continue to expand and develop. The passage between the two houses was replaced by classrooms and in 1996 a new gym and art room were added.
The 2000s saw the building work continuing to include a Science Lab, several classrooms and the purchase of 8 Somers Road as a nursery.
In 2012 more building work was carried out to the school which included extending reception classrooms, new music rooms, an excellent new art suite as well as reconfiguring the library and ICT room and building the glass walkway between Belton House and the main school.
Here at Micklefield we provide a stimulating, caring and challenging environment that fosters the pursuit of high standards throughout all areas of the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to become independent learners and to grow into individuals who will confidently take up senior school offers.
Our pupils are given opportunities which will enable them to become effective contributors and responsible citizens from an early age. At Micklefield we constantly review our curriculum to ensure its relevance in a stimulating environment.
Pupils are equipped for entry into a range of senior schools in the maintained and independent sectors at the age of eleven. They are prepared for all entrance exams including common entrance and scholarships.
Within a bright and welcoming environment, Micklefield Preparatory Department provides an excellent first step for your child’s introduction to education. Fully supported by qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff, the children are encouraged to develop their full creative and academic potential, learning to think, question and evaluate.
Micklefield children experience all areas within the Early Years Learning Goals. Children are introduced to phonics and pre-reading skills. Fine motor control activities help to develop writing skills. Fun, thought-provoking, numeric activities help build the children’s understanding of mathematics. By nurturing a curiosity of the world around us, their knowledge and understanding of the environment helps to develop their creative language and confidence.
The Lower School community is built upon purposeful activity where the children are introduced to some of the more structured aspects of school life within a happy, supportive and nurturing environment. The well-being of every child is paramount and each is welcomed and valued as an individual. A positive contribution to the life of the school is encouraged from the outset. Kindness and honesty are important values throughout the school.
We have high expectations for our pupils in all areas of their learning. The quality of academic, creative, physical and pastoral provision is high. Our experienced staff work as a team to plan, prepare and deliver a broad, balanced and enriched range of learning experiences based upon the National Curriculum with the value added enrichment activities that an independent school can offer.
Pupils in the Upper School enjoy a traditional education following a broad-based curriculum. This comprises the core subjects English, Mathematics and Science together with History, Geography, Art, French, Design and Technology, Religious Education, Personal Social and Health Education, Computing, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Games. Smaller classes enable us to focus on each and every individual pupil.
The children participate in challenging and rigorous activities and teachers use a range of assessments to ensure each child receives appropriate experiences to develop their potential. We make use of a computerised tracking and monitoring system which enables us to oversee the progress that is being made.
A selection of clubs and activities are offered throughout the year and pupils have the freedom to choose clubs and activities that will stimulate and enhance their learning experience at Micklefield. Pupils may stay for a supervised homework study period until 4.30pm each day.
The children’s studies are not restricted to the classroom and they enjoy many trips to museums, galleries, theatres and field trips at home and overseas. Guest speakers, specialists and visiting drama groups are also invited to share their knowledge and expertise in school.
The physical, academic and social skills acquired at Micklefield enable the parents to choose from a wide selection of senior schools.
We encourage children to take on responsibility for themselves and for others within the school community. By joining our School Council, children can experience working together in a democracy to do good for others. This includes fund raising, school events and having an input into the daily life of the school.
Sport and Physical Education play a very important and integral part in Preparatory school life and all our children enjoy a full and varied programme. Participation is encouraged and pupils have the opportunity to represent the school in the numerous fixtures arranged throughout the year. Extra curricular clubs and activities offer the children further opportunities.
Older pupils take part in cricket, rugby, netball, rounders, tennis, athletics and football. Gymnastics is offered during Physical Education lessons. Weekly swimming lessons take place during the summer term at a local swimming pool. Inter-house competitions are fiercely contested and are amongst the highlights of the year.
We believe that the physical and educational benefits which flow from a varied and structured sports programme are immeasurable. Sport at Micklefield not only promotes physical fitness and friendship but it also encourages self-control, co-operation, loyalty, persistence and other character building qualities. This development of the whole child is at the heart of our school’s ethos.
In Art and Design Technology we provide multi-sensory experiences to stimulate the children’s creativity and imagination. The children are enabled to develop informed aesthetic and practical judgements. They learn to work with others in group activities and to develop their own ideas as individuals while respecting the ideas of others.
The children are prepared for the technologies of a rapidly changing world. They are encouraged to think and plan creatively through problem solving and develop an inquisitive awareness of how things work, the importance of design and what materials and processes can do. Above all the children learn through exploration.
We aim to develop the musical potential of every pupil and to provide opportunities in a variety of musical activities. In lessons pupils take part in singing, listening, musical appreciation and composition.
Making music and performing in groups is also encouraged and we have choirs, ensembles including a flute choir, guitar group and wind band. In addition, the opportunity to learn a wide variety of musical instruments including the drums, is offered by our peripatetic teachers.
The school puts forward candidates to take Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations if they have reached the required standard.
There is great enthusiasm and passion for Drama within our school where productions are held throughout the year.
Working at their own pace and to their own ability, the aim of these classes, either individually or in groups, is to develop the confidence and resilience of the children to perform to a high standard.
Children are given opportunities to take London Academy of Speech and Drama (LAMDA) examinations in Communication and Performance & English Speaking Board (ESB) examinations in Spoken English.
10 Somers Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9DU
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Micklefield School, Reigate