Cricklade Manor Prep has outstanding facilities for a school of its size. The old Manor House and its surrounding buildings provide light and spacious learning spaces, while beyond, invisible from the road, 8 acres of grounds take in play areas and sports fields.
We talk a lot at Cricklade Manor about helping our children develop a love of learning. A perfect example would be the impact of our science laboratories on pupils’ attitudes to this core academic subject. Having access to fully equipped labs dramatically enhances their experience of science. There are opportunities for children of all ages to take part in practical experiments, bringing science to life, sparking a passion for and a deeper understanding of physics, chemistry and biology. Pupils learn practical scientific skills and principles, as well as the responsible handling of chemicals, Bunsen burners and other key pieces of scientific equipment, which will put them at an advantage in senior school.
Sport is key to life at Cricklade Manor Prep, building gross motor skills, teamwork, strategic thinking, fitness and mental wellbeing. As well as plenty of time built into the curriculum, our pupils have access to high quality sport facilities in all weathers.
The full-sized sports hall is equipped for very wide range of sports, from gymnastics and netball, to indoor cricket and fencing.
Outside, are two full-sized grass pitches for rugby, football and cricket, as well as astro pitches for hockey and netball, and two hard tennis courts.
Our outdoor swimming pool is used throughout summer by children from Nursery upwards, and has supported the development of a number of outstanding county swimmers.
In an increasingly technological world, developing a thorough grounding in information technology is vital. As at most schools, children here have access to computers, and learn a range of IT skills, but it is the Lego robotics which really makes a difference to their grasp of technology and its application in a wider context. Within our tech curriculum, children from Year 3 use Lego robotics, programmable robotic kits using computer elements, bricks, modular sensors and motors. As well as the enormous fun and sense of achievement children get from creating and controlling their own machines, Lego robotics builds skills in problem solving, design, engineering and coding. Children can challenge each other, and take part in external competitions too.
The beautiful Forest School area is dedicated to outdoor learning. Time there is special, giving our children space and freedom. There are countless ways outdoor learning can support the academic curriculum, from maths and science to art and English, but crucially it helps pupils develop a deeper understanding of and respect for the natural world, underlining the key principle that we have to work within the Earth’s resources.
Step into the school office and the incredible displays on the walls reveal the standard of art at Cricklade Manor Prep. We are incredibly proud of our Art Department and the opportunities it provides to our pupils to explore their creativity and develop skills across a wide range of visual arts, from painting and pastels to batik and ceramics, fired in our own kiln. As well as the smaller, individual pieces of work, there is scope for the children to create on much bigger scale, including the enormous art installations displayed in the atrium outside the main hall each term.