We are a single form entry school and great attention is given to Year Level Standards in literacy and numeracy. We equally encourage our children to work collaboratively across year groups, developing resilience, independence and team-work skills.
Our lessons are approximately 50 minutes in duration, however we work flexibly allowing pupils to engage in areas of interest for longer if they wish to do so. Music, Drama and Art are also taught for extended periods; allowing children to immerse themselves fully in a subject before needing to ‘move on’.
School arrangements are reviewed annually in order to ensure our programme of study and timetabling meets the needs and interests of our pupils and school community. Parents are notified of any significant changes. Our school term dates are set in consideration of local authority schools.
The Belvedere Preparatory School promotes learning beyond the classroom. During the course of each academic school year all classes will be involved in school trips. We believe that Educational visits help children to gain a better insight into aspects of their learning. To support this, some of our recent visits have included: The Globe Theatre (London); The Imperial War Museum (Manchester); Liverpool Planetarium; The Catalyst Museum; Potter’s Barn; Manchester Airport; The Walker Art Gallery; and Liverpool World Museum.
Further educational opportunities are sought from specialist companies and guest speakers, who are invited into the school to support the curriculum. Most recently on World Book Day we invited Bernard Young, a guitar playing poet, to perform at Belvedere Prep. Bernard provided us with such an enjoyable and entertaining day. All children produced a variety of high quality poems rapidly and painlessly.