Little Downsend shortlisted for Independent Pre-Prep of the Year 2022!

We are absolutely delighted that Little Downsend has been shortlisted in the Independent School of the Year Awards 2022 for Independent Pre-Prep of the Year!

Our submission for the award focused on not only the caring, nurturing and playful approach to learning, but how Little Downsend is now pushing the boundaries to deliver an innovative enriched curriculum that will provide children with the skills they will need to embrace everything the future has to offer.

We described to the judges our outstanding academic results, our meticulous focus on data and personalisation, our teaching initiatives that add value to the core Early Learning Goals, including our work on Writing this year which now sees 25% of children ‘exceeding’ in this area.

We then went on to describe how brilliant basics and a strong pastoral structure is simply not enough for the ambitious team at Little Downsend and how they have taken a step back to really understand the world that awaits children as they progress through their education and have used that knowledge to embed the skills and competencies they will need to flourish, whatever awaits them in the future.

Focusing on our aim to ‘aspire to digital mastery’ we described how, even with the littlest children, it has been clear that taking an age-appropriate approach to digital skills will provide children with the tools they will need as they progress through their educational journey.

We were able to provide so many examples of this approach in practice, including access to iPads, use of Book Creator, QR codes and creation of Flip videos to consolidate phonics knowledge or record videos of engineering projects.

We proudly noted our Common Sense Media accreditation, awarded for a commitment to preparing pupils to think critically and use technology responsibly. We were able to speak of our inclusion in the Microsoft Incubator Pathway, and of our participation in the FIRST LEGO League Discover Challenge. And so many more that we couldn’t include due to a strict word count!

We hope the judges are blown away by our commitment to delivering the most innovative, academically excellent – and fun – educational experience for all our Little Downsend children and can’t wait to hear the results in October!

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