Welcome to the Preparatory Section of Dodderhill School.

Pupils move into the section at the beginning of Year 5 and stay within the pastoral care of the Preparatory tutor team until the end of Year 8. Girls are organised into small classes within each year group and have a dedicated Form Tutor to deal with their pastoral and academic needs.

The Pastoral tutor team is co-ordinated by the Deputy of the Preparatory Section who manages Tutor time and ensures that new pupils are fully and quickly integrated into life here at Dodderhill School.

In the Preparatory Section we focus on a smooth journey into adolescence from Year 5 to 8 building girls’ confidence, self-esteem and a positive growth-mindset, whilst also striving for high academic success and personal development. Now is the time for challenge and academic growth and girls are stretched and supported to achieve across academic areas. We are particularly proud of our strengths in the sciences and mathematics and find that our pupils approach these subjects with enthusiasm. Equally, children who are creative and enjoy art, music or performance are very well-catered for.

With a focus on the future, digital literacy is valued at Dodderhill with a coding club, iPads integrated into learning and our new Apple suite taking centre stage.

Our comprehensive range of co-curricular activities and small, supportive environment mean that all pupils are able to develop a range of interests. Girls are encouraged to try activities that they may have never considered and when individuals excel, we are proud to support their development and participation and both national and international level. Recent examples include pupils achieving membership of the GB Sailing Team, gymnastics success at the ISA National Championships and art exhibited at MOMA, Wales.

When they leave the Prep Section, girls are ready to tackle their GCSE courses with a positive attitude and the correct ‘tools’ to deal with the changes and raised expectations we are now seeing in the new GCSE frameworks.

The Preparatory Section of Dodderhill school is a lively and bustling place when it comes to our extra-curricular activities, back in the classroom our focus remains on providing highly academic lessons, fully supporting the range of abilities seen within all of our pupils, whilst developing independent strong women of the future.

We are proud to have achieved the highest rating of ‘Excellent’ across all areas in our most recent ISI inspection (March 2017). You can read our inspection report here.