Pre-Prep Welcome

Start Your Adventure

“It is my privilege to welcome the children and their families at the start of their remarkable KES journey to this wonderful vibrant and friendly school.”

Ms Jayne Gilbert
Head of the Pre-Prep & Nursery



At King Edward’s Pre-Prep & Nursery, the wellbeing of each child is at the heart of everything we do, and we passionately believe that this is intrinsically linked to their involvement with, and motivation for, learning. The pastoral care of all the children in the Pre-Prep, is the uppermost priority in everything we do in the School.

Explore Pastoral Care


“[Pupils] develop consistently supportive relationships, both with peers and staff, creating a strongly cohesive school culture of mutual support.”
Good Schools Guide 2021

Irresistible Learning


At KES, we nurture inquiring minds by encouraging the children to ask questions, make connections and to explore the world around them through hands-on-learning experiences. The learning throughout the Nursery and Pre-Prep really is irresistible!




“Children in the EYFS make excellent choices of activities in their learning,
willingly engaging in tasks they find challenging.”
ISI Report, 2023

First Steps at KES


As our key entry points, our Nursery and Reception offer an exciting and stimulating world in which to start school life and is the first step in a child's learning journey at King Edward's. A caring and nurturing approach ensures that every pupil thrives and develops a genuine love of learning.




NURSERY Reception

Adventures Beyond the Classroom


At the Pre-Prep, we offer a wide range of co-curricular clubs which take place during lunchtimes and after school, as well as educational trips and visits. One of the many highlights of our co-curricular provision is the one-night residential to Magdalen Farm, where Year 2 pupils get to enjoy looking after the animals, eating freshly grown produce and most importantly, get to spend time with their friends and have fun!

The children simply love to be out exploring whatever the weather, which is why our Forest School status is so important. Through Forest School, the children are able to develop a life-long love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing self-esteem, confidence and social skills through carefully planned activities.




“A fantastic, busy, aspirational school with incredible teachers.”

Pre-Prep and Nursery Parent





Do you offer pre- and after-school care?

Yes. This takes place in Teddy’s Lodge, located at the front of the School. This is a pre-bookable service, which must be booked in advance on the School’s Gateway App. Each session is supervised by experienced professionals. There is a charge for this service.


8:00am – 8:30am
Doors open at 8:00am
All children are escorted to the playground for the start of the school day, and Nursery children are taken to their classroom
Early Bird charges are £2.00 per session


3:15pm – 5:45pm
Children attending an after-school activity will be escorted to Teddy's Lodge.
Session 1: 3.30pm* - 4.30pm and/or Session 2: 4.30pm - 5.45pm
Charges are set at the following rate: £4.00 per session.
*The first 15 minutes of After School Care is free for all pupils.

Do you provide transport to and from the Junior School to the Pre-Prep & Nursery?
There is a daily shuttle bus running between the Pre-Prep on Weston Lane and the Junior School on North Road at the beginning and the end of each school day. Places on this service are not automatically given or guaranteed. There may be a charge for the use of this service. Full details about this service can be found by clicking here. All prospective and existing parents should email Mrs Dulieu at the Senior School in the first instance to check charges and availability, as places are strictly limited.
Do you offer the Early Years Funding?
Yes, we offer the 15 hours universal funding and the 30 hours extended funding, but charge for the extras we provide such as Forest School and specialist teaching sessions.
What is the average class size in the Pre-Prep?
The typical average class size is 16 pupils to a teacher and a teaching assistant.
What is the typical balance of boys and girls in the Pre-Prep?
Generally, there is an even split between boys and girls, although there may be slight variations from year to year.
What does the typical school day look like?
The school gates open at 8:30am and the school day starts at 8:50am. There is a mid-morning snack around 10:15am followed by an assembly and then morning play. Lunch is served from 11:45am until 1:00pm. The school day for Nursery and Reception ends at 3:15pm and at 3:30pm for Years 1 and 2.
Is a school lunch provided?
All children receive a nutritious and delicious freshly cooked lunch using seasonal and locally sourced food, with all dietary requirements, food allergies and intolerances catered for as part of our inclusive environment. Fruit and water are available for the children throughout the school day.
How do you assess children in the Pre-Prep?
We use a system of daily on-going assessments to inform our planning and to ensure that the learning is personalised. In Years 1 and 2, the children are assessed termly in reading and maths.
Which festivals do you celebrate within the Pre-Prep?
We celebrate all festivals that are represented in our diverse community.
Do the children learn a foreign language?
French is taught to all children from Nursery upwards. 
What are the staff at the Pre-Prep like?
Each year, the Pre-Prep can call upon a highly qualified, experienced and very enthusiastic group of staff across the teaching and support teams. A good number of colleagues have given – and continue to give – wonderful service over many years. The head teacher, Ms Gilbert, has led the Pre-Prep since 2009 and still loves coming to work every day!



You can read about our latest adventures by clicking on some of our Pre-Prep news below.

  • Mon, 19 Feb 2024

    Nursery Visit Avon Fire & Rescue Service

    Nursery enjoyed a very exciting first day back after half term today, visiting Avon Fire & Rescue Service as part of their 'People Who Look After Us' topic.


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