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Prep FAQs

Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns?

The first point of contact is the Form Tutor except in the case of illness and requests for school absence which should be addressed to the school office. Your child's Form Tutor can direct you to the most relevant member of staff when necessary and will be the first academic and pastoral contact for parents and children.

What time are drop-off and pick-up?

Prep drop-off is at 0815 each morning for 0825 registration. Lessons and prep are completed in time for 1715 pick-up from the AV Room in the Sports Centre.

If your child is taking part in an after-school activity, they will have tea in school and should sign out with the member of staff on duty at 1900 from the Main Hall.

What is a Prep Diary?

Each child in Years 4-8 is given a Prep Diary which they should take to every lesson. The Prep Diary helps to develop personal organisation and independence and is a key communication tool between home and school. The Form Tutor will check the diary every Monday morning to make sure that children are writing down prep that has been set and when it is due, as well as other commitments such as music lessons, rehearsals, 1:1 sports lessons, etc.

At what age can my child start to board?

Children can board one to five nights a week starting in Year 4 at the age of eight. Regular taster boarder nights are offered from the end of Year 3 onward giving children a chance to try boarding with their friends before making a commitment for the term. For more information about Witham's flexible, family-friendly approach to boarding, please visit the Boarding page.

What languages will my child learn?

All children from Reception (age 4+) through to Year 8 learn French from specialist teaching staff. In Year 5 pupils start to learn Latin. There are opportunities to explore other modern languages such as Spanish and Italian in after-school clubs.

What is your policy on mobile phones, tablets and laptops?

Pupils are not allowed any mobile or personal devices in school. 

What does Saturday school involve?

On Saturdays there is no assembly and lessons start at 0835. Saturday has five 35-minute lessons, with morning break between lessons three and four. At the end of lessons, pupils either go home at 1230 or prepare for afternoon fixtures to which parents are warmly invited.

When is the Uniform Shop open?

The School Uniform Shop is open on Monday mornings from 0800 to 1000 and on Wednesday afternoons from 1500 to 1730. Please visit the School Uniform page for more information.