Junior Preparatory Caring for your child

Terra Nova School is fundamentally an extremely happy place. This is immediately apparent when you visit the school. The children grow up in a caring, safe environment where they form friendships that last a lifetime.

All teaching staff act “in loco parentis” but caring for the children in the many ways that a parent does are responsibilities the school takes very seriously. Teachers undertake varying pastoral responsibilities and the importance of adhering to the school’s values are constantly emphasised.

Good behaviour and manners are expected as the norm. The children learn to assess and comprehend their own emotions and how their actions affect those around them. They learn about friendship groups and as they grow older, the children discuss the many different subjects in the lessons entitled Personal, Health, Social & Citizenship Education.

The school opens during term times from 7.30am on a Monday morning and closes at 9.30 on a Saturday morning, for the duration of this time we guarantee that our pupils are:

Happy & Safe

Every effort is given to guaranteeing the children at Terra Nova feel happy and safe. The emphasis on the school values, the family style atmosphere of the school, the teachers and the systems elaborated on below combine to make Terra Nova School a fantastically happy place to be!

The House system

A community atmosphere is at the heart of school life. As children join Year 1 they become a member of a house. This encourages vertical friendship groups in addition to the friendships formed in class.

The Buddy system

The pupils have a buddy system whereby if they are in the younger years, they have a particular ‘buddy’ in the senior years. This relationship develops friendships and a support system between older and younger children in addition to fostering a sense of whole-school community. Children spend Friday break times with their buddies and once a week there is a 30 minute lesson for shared classroom activities.

The Teaching staff responsible for childrens’ pastoral welfare

To ensure pupils are happy and safe, the school has a number of school staff and systems with responsibility for and in support of the childrens’ pastoral welfare and boarding.

  • The Head of the Junior and Senior Prep School both have direct responsibility for pastoral care.
  • The school employs a school counsellor and an independent listener.
  • 4 GAP students live at school and aged 18 act as older siblings / friends for our pupils
  • The Matrons are based in the school surgery and children, particularly new starters, often make their way to see the matrons if in need of five minutes TLC!

The school employs two matrons who manage an on site infirmary and an on site sick bay. The school doctor oversees the pupils’ medical needs.

Well fed

The schools’ catering is managed by Sodexo and is fantastic! There is an on site team of chefs who work from the school’s kitchen to produce nutritious, filling, varied and balanced food from Monday-Friday. Grace is said before children begin to eat. Children eat in the school dining room from Reception upwards. The children in Reception – Year 2 are served by their teachers at their tables. From Year 3 upwards the children help themselves to hot, cold or vegetarian options. The kitchen is nut free. To see an example of the menus please click here





Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3

Suitably clothed

The school’s uniform is supplied by Monkhouse but we also have a “nearly new” uniform shop which is housed in school. Depending on availability of product, this is extremely popular and offers a pragmatic recycling option whilst raising funds for the school. To see the uniform lists, please click here


 The games kit list for children in Years 3-8 is extensive but once delivered to school in September, there it remains until the end of the year. The Matrons provide a “much appreciated by the parents” on site laundry service.

Sleeping soundly

Sleeping soundly (Please see more about boarding in the Senior Prep School Boarding section) The matrons manage the logistics of the flexi boarding. Boarding is supported in the following way.

  • Each boarding night there is a designated teacher on duty, who lives on site.
  • The Headmaster & his wife also live on site
  • The GAP students live at the school and sleep adjacent to the boarding dormitories.
  • The senior Matron lives on site, also near the boarding landings.
What we've been doing in Junior Preparatory

Year 1 - pupils recounting facts about The Great Fire of London

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Year 3 - making chocolates

Year 4 - pupils reporting on Pliny and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius

A typical day in Junior Preparatory

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Latest News

Boarding off to a flying start in September 2018

Boarding off to a flying start in September 2018

Terra Nova School's newly appointed Head of Boarding was thrilled that 4 new girls boarded on their very first night as pupils of the school! Boarding continues to go from strength to strength with 21 pupils signed up to board on the first Friday of term. A list of...

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Terra Nova pupils achieve success in writing competition.

Terra Nova pupils achieve success in writing competition.

Congratulations to William A and William B in Year 4 who recently entered a writing competition in which they achieved the shortlist of 20 out of a huge field of 200 entries. Pictured here with their certificates, the boys are, justifiably, proud of their achievements!

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Terra Nova pupils devote their morning’s learning to STEAM

Terra Nova pupils devote their morning’s learning to STEAM

On Tuesday 2nd April the Junior and Senior school celebrated all things STEAM with an off timetable morning lead by Mrs Boyland and Mrs Andrews. The students worked in multi age group teams to complete challenges around the theme of space, designed to test their...

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