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Welcome to Hilden Grange

Photo of John Withers The atmosphere at Hilden Grange is friendly and focused, enthusiastic and positive.

Our thriving co-educational IAPS Preparatory School caters for children aged 3 – 13 years. It was founded in 1929 and is now part of the Alpha Plus Group: the Gold Standard in educational provision. The school stands among eight acres of attractive grounds, on the northern fringe of Tonbridge, Kent.

We provide a stimulating, friendly and secure environment in which each child’s potential may be realised in the academic, creative, physical and spiritual areas. Pupils strive for high standards, both inside and outside the classroom, take pride in their achievements and enjoy participating wholeheartedly in the life of the school.

If you like what you read and see, please visit our school, you will be very welcome.

John Withers BA (Hons)
Headteacher

Our Vision

Pupils in tent

Our aim is to provide a stimulating, friendly and secure environment in which each child’s potential may be realised in the academic, creative, physical and spiritual areas. Pupils strive for high standards, both inside and outside the classroom, take pride in their achievements and enjoy participating wholeheartedly in the life of the school. We are considered to be unpretentious and family focused.

  • “The school successfully fulfils its aim to provide a stimulating, friendly and secure environment in which each pupil’s potential may be realised in the academic, creative, physical and spiritual areas of life.”

    ISI Inspection Report, October 2013

  • “Pupils are highly articulate and very well organised, display strong reasoning skills and work well together and individually.”

    ISI Inspection Report, October 2013

  • “In accordance with the aim for each individual to feel valued and part of a family school, a strong sense of community pervades in which staff provide an environment where relationships between staff and pupils are excellent.”

    ISI Inspection Report, October 2013

  • “The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent.”

    ISI Inspection Report, October 2013

  • “The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent.”

    ISI Inspection Report, October 2013

  • “The quality of the pupils' achievements and learning is excellent.”

    ISI Inspection Report, October 2013

Learning

Photograph of a practical chemistry lesson

We are dedicated to giving our children a broad and balanced education in a supportive and stimulating environment where every child's potential can be realised.

Curriculum

In the Prep School pupils are taught by specialist teachers in every subject from Year 3. Click the buttons below to read more about the curriculum for each subject. To read more information about our Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 teaching click these links.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Photo of the Head of Pre-Prep and EYFS Mrs Dawson
(Head of Pre-Prep and EYFS)

Reception continues the foundations begun in Nursery, in working towards meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum ‘Early Learning Goals, and as appropriate to the individual child, beginning to base their learning on the Key Stage 1 curriculum objectives.

Mornings focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Phonics, while the afternoons follow a creative curriculum covering other areas of learning. Specialist teaching in PE, Games, Dance and Drama provides a unique breadth to the children’s learning rarely found in other schools at this age. Robust liaison takes place with the Year One staff to ensure a seamless move for the children to the slightly more formal KS1 curriculum

The Reception children have a play area immediately outside their class block, and additionally have use of other areas such as the Adventure Playground, Trim Trail and Outdoor classroom, Dance Studio and Halls.

The latest ISI inspection report states that ”In the EYFS, the children make at least good and often outstanding progress in their learning, and as a result achievement is strong“. For further detail, please read the full report here.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Reception classrooms where you can experience more of our vibrant learning environment. Please contact the School Office on 01732 351169 or 01732 353706 for more information or to arrange a visit.

Key Stage 1

Photo of the Head of KS1 Mrs Meyers
(Head of Key Stage 1)

Key Stage 1 forms the vital link in the transition between Early Years and the Prep School. Children are provided with a caring, secure and stimulating environment for learning, which encourages independence whilst also nurturing social and intellectual development.

At this Key Stage, the focus is largely upon the National Curriculum where major emphasis is placed upon the development of Numeracy and English skills. Other areas of the curriculum are taught through a topic based and creative approach. Activities are differentiated so that each child is able to achieve success and progress at a level appropriate to their individual needs. Specialist teaching continues throughout Key Stage 1 and is an integral part of the transition process which prepares the children for the Prep School. Further information on specific subjects can be found in the Key Stage One introductory information pack for parents.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Key Stage One classrooms where you can experience our busy and exciting learning environment. Please contact the School Office on 01732 351169 or 01732 353706 for more information or to arrange a visit.

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