FAQs

  1. Why is a co-education important?
  2. Why is it preferable to choose a prep school that does not feed directly into one senior school?
  3. Why will an independent prep school offer a better education than a state primary school?
  4. Why the private sector at the primary stage is important?
  5. Why is a varied curriculum so important?
  6. Where will the children go onto at 11 or 13?
  7. Why girls leave at 11 and not 13?
  8. What preparation do we offer for public school entry?
  9. What is the School's child protection policy?

1. Why is a co-education important?

We live in a co-ed world. The opportunity for boys and girls to grow and learn together, especially during the early stages of their education, is one not to be missed. While, statistically, some single-sex senior schools may out-perform co-ed schools, we believe that at this stage in a child’s education their social interaction and development is every bit as important as the development of their academic potential. Your children will also benefit from the much broader range of activities provided in the co-ed prep school environment. 

2. Why is it preferable to choose a prep school that does not feed directly into one senior school?

Age three is too early to choose a senior school for your child as their academic, sporting, musical or artistic potential has not yet become fully apparent. A prep school which feeds into a variety of senior schools allows you to make the most appropriate choice closer in time. There are huge benefits for children moving schools at 11 or 13, in our experience it is too long to be at the same school from 3 – 18. They do not have the opportunity to make new friends and experience a wider range of cultures and ethos. Another huge benefit of a prep school is the opportunity the children have to reach the top of the school and take on essential leadership responsibilities such as becoming a prefect or even head boy/girl.

3. Why will an independent prep school offer a better education than a state primary school?

Smaller class sizes enable much more individual attention and monitoring of progress in all areas of the children's development.
At Westbrook Hay we offer specialist teaching from Year 5 onwards, fantastic facilities including a sports hall, swimming pool, science lab, DT work shop and excellent provision for those that need support. Westbrook Hay is an inspirational educational environment which relies less on Key Stage testing, meaning a broad curriculum can be maintained; thus a better all round education for children. At Westbrook Hay sport is offered four times a week as opposed to limited sessions within the State system. There is an exceptional learning environment within a safe and secure 26 acres of beautiful grounds. 

4. Why the private sector at the primary stage is important?

Invest now and you will have far more options when your children are 11 or 13, more likely to pass 11+, gain entry into selective state school and even gain scholarships to public school.back to top 

5. Why is a varied curriculum so important?

We prepare not only for future academic progress, choice of GCSE and A Level, but more importantly, preparation for and enrichment of whole life experiences.

6. Where will the children go on to at 11 or 13?

Our teachers will have detailed discussions with you reviewing the best options and most suitable schools for your child. The children predominately go on to local independent schools with an excellent academic record - Berkhamsted, Royal Masonic, St Albans, Abbot's Hill, Merchant Taylors and Haberdashers' Aske's.

Some children go on to boarding schools such as Downe House, Bedford, Rugby, Harrow, Oundle, Queen Margaret's, Haileybury, Aldenham and Millfield.

Some children go on to the selective state sector, taking the 11+. 

7. Why do senior girls leave at 11 and not 13?

Senior girls' schools have always had their predominant entry at 11 – when the girl is mature in a sense that the 11 year old boy is not. 
Eleven year old girls go on to St Alban's High School for Girls, Abbot's Hill, Berkhamsted, Royal Masonic and other girls' schools, often mixing again in the sixth form.
Eleven year old transfer for boys is a state school device (to match the girls and make it easy for co-ed senior schools)
Boys at 13 are the well-rounded, finished prep school product, rather than little boys joining the bottom of a large senior school.back to top 

8. What preparation do we offer for public school entry?

There is academic preparation for entrance exams and scholarships, plus interview technique developed through sessions set up at school.
 

9. What is the School's child protection policy?

Our child protection policy can be downloaded here.