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can someone explain to me - calmly - what exactly prep school is?

(8 Posts)
zookeeper Sat 12-Sep-09 12:28:09

Is is just another expression for a private school?

IdrisTheDragon Sat 12-Sep-09 12:30:22

AFAIK (and don't have any direct experience of prep school) it a branch of independent school from age 7 to 13 so year 3 to year 8.

Some schools will have a pre-prep department which is often 3 to 7.

It's just a label to say how old the children are IMO but I think does do other things to people when they hear it grin

zookeeper Sat 12-Sep-09 12:32:07

Now off to acronyms... (sigh)

zookeeper Sat 12-Sep-09 12:32:35

Aah! Thanks Iris

notcitrus Sat 12-Sep-09 12:35:14

It's a 'preparatory school', ie a private school that prepares kids for the private schools Common Entrance exam which is sat age 13, traditionally, although girls schools will often do the 11+ version as they move from junior to senior school at 11 instead of 13.

So any private school that goes up to age 11 or 13, really.

IdrisTheDragon Sat 12-Sep-09 12:41:44

Sorry about the acronyms blush. There were slightly too many.

pagwatch Sat 12-Sep-09 13:00:58

In realitymost prep schools go up to 13 but many of the independent/private senior schools take children from 11 so you get a swathe of boys and girls leaving at 11 and the rest leaving at 13.

but it essentially just the private version of primary.

ICANDOTHAT Sat 12-Sep-09 13:12:33

'Prep' = Preparation for the 11+ or 13+ entrance to independent higher schools. Lessons will include topics relevant to those exams ie: verbal/non verbal reasoning. 'Pre-prep' is their equivalent to infants and 'Kindergarten' is their nursery.

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