“In the EYFS children make an excellent start to their learning… They demonstrate high levels of independence and concentration in their work and play… Planning responds to children’s progress and interests which creates a bespoke, topic-based curriculum that helps children meet and often exceed the expected levels of development for their age and ability… The curriculum is enriched by specialist teaching… Through high expectations and sensitive support where needed, staff help children to try their best, which they were observed to do.”
ISI Inspection Report 2016
Children are welcomed into Pre-School in the term after they turn three and remain in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) until the end of Reception (the academic year during which they turn five). The bespoke Pre-School is a lively, vibrant and well-resourced space that enhances our pupils’ learning opportunities.
Pre-School is an exciting part of a child’s learning journey and we aim to support, promote and develop children’s growing understanding and abilities through a wide range of activities and experiences. We recognise that children learn in many different ways and at different rates. Our small class sizes and high staff pupil ratios enable us to get to know the children very well and provide a secure, happy and engaging environment in which to learn.
Numeracy and Literacy are studied most mornings, whilst the afternoons are spent exploring through construction, role-play, investigation, sand and water play, music, cooking, dance and art. Learning and teaching in the Foundation Stage is planned around half-termly topics and activities take many different forms, from whole year group experiences to individual interests, practical work in small groups and learning outdoors. Our approach is based on our knowledge of the children and their individual needs. Topics include: Stories We Love, Down on the Farm, Exploring Materials, Growing, All About Food and At the Seaside.
The pastoral care and strong links with parents begin in Pre-School and are outstanding throughout the school.
Demand for places is high and parents are advised to contact the Admissions Team on 01543 306168 as soon as possible.
The government provides funding for all three and four year old children, starting from the funding period after their third birthday until they start school (usually at statutory school age – the term following their fifth birthday), to attend an Ofsted/ISI registered early years and childcare setting. Such settings include pre-schools, nurseries, certain child minders, school nursery classes and nursery schools. These children qualify for 15 hours of free Early Years Entitlement per week for up to 38 weeks per year, during school term time.
This funding is available to children attending Lichfield Cathedral School at our Longdon site. For more information download this document that explains How the Early Years Entitlement Funding works at Lichfield Cathedral School or contact Admissions on 01543 306168.