The Journey to 13+

The Early Years

Bickley Park School has a highly regarded Early Years’ Department in which the journey through the four quadrants begins. In its 2015 inspection, the department was judged to be outstanding in all areas. The nursery is housed in a brand new space, which opened for business in September 2015. Both the building, its outdoor area and the taught curriculum were designed in consultation with one of the country’s leading early years’ experts. Whilst the nursery includes mostly boys, sisters of siblings are also welcome to attend: most girls will usually enter Reception at Bromley High School.

Learning through the creative curriculum

Transition into Year 1 is carefully managed to ensure boys continue to thrive in the next step of their educational journey. The curriculum opportunities broaden with the introduction of specialist teaching in subjects such as Design Technology, Food Technology and World Culture Lessons. Year 1 and 2 classrooms were recently redesigned to create large, boy-friendly classroom spaces in which to learn. The creative curriculum links learning to boy-friendly themes that motivate boy to want to progress. Superb library spaces and boy-friendly stock throughout the school contributes significantly towards a strong reading culture in the school.

Moving to the Prep Department and greater independence

Boys entering Year 3 remain form based as they adjust to the excitement and challenge of joining the Prep Department. Form tutors and older children mentor them to ensure they get to know their new surroundings quickly and take advantage of the even greater opportunities available to them. From Year 4, the boys are entirely specialist taught enjoying a broad, balanced, boy-friendly education delivered by knowledgeable, expert teachers. The inspectors who visited in 2015 judged the school’s curriculum to be excellent and its extra-curricular provision to be exceptional.

Progress through the Prep Department is closely monitored as pupils work towards entrance exams to their senior schools: boys benefit from highly favourable staff:pupil ratios, with class sizes usually numbering a dozen. Whilst some boys leave Bickley Park at 11 years old, usually to go to grammar school, most stay until 13. As senior pupils, they enjoy significantly greater responsibility than peers already at senior schools, whilst working towards exams that provide excellent training for GCSEs.