Crown House Preparatory School
Bassetsbury Manor, Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, HP11 1QX, Buckinghamshire
Co-educational Day Preparatory
|Headteacher||Mrs Sarah Hobby|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-11 years|
Crown House Preparatory School in High Wycombe provides an outstanding education for girls and boys age 3-11 and prides itself on its close-knit community and nurturing environment. The school, named by the Sunday Times as the best performing independent co-educational school in Buckinghamshire in 2021, encourages all pupils to develop a lifelong love of learning through a rich and broad curriculum where activities are characterised by a sense of fun and challenge to ensure that all pupils flourish.
Crown House, part of the Chatsworth Schools family of schools, has a reputation for dedicated and passionate staff who nurture and inspire the pupils in their care, not only academically but socially and emotionally too. The school knows that confidence and a sense of security and warmth is fundamental to success, so teachers work hard to create a secure and welcoming environment. At Crown House, every child is supported with individual attention throughout their journey at the school.
The school's curriculum is designed around children's interests and from an early age teachers harness children's love of asking questions allowing them to become independent learners. As children progress throughout the school, Crown House continues to hold the development of the learner as well as the pursuit of academic excellence in equally high regard. Pupils enjoy a weekly timetable that emphasises the core subjects of English, mathematics and science as well as the foundation subjects of humanities, sport, art and languages alongside extra-curricular and wellbeing opportunities.
Crown House pupils are encouraged to question, discuss and reason across all areas of the curriculum. Experienced staff encourage curiosity and perseverance to develop enquiring minds and this approach along with a challenging curriculum and small class sizes ensures Crown House pupils achieve consistently high results.
Sport is an integral part of school life at Crown House and children enjoy playing different games with each other, learning the meaning of teamwork, patience, fair play and resilience. The school has timetabled PE and Games lessons that start in Reception and in the Prep School all pupils participate and represent the school in a wide range of sports including Cross-Country, Tag-Rugby, Netball, Football, Hockey, Rounders, Cricket and Athletics. The school also takes part in many regional and national tournaments.
Every child has a creative side and this is developed at Crown House where the school's Creative Arts room and specialist teaching generates a vibrant and dynamic environment where exciting, innovative work takes place alongside reflective thinking. Drawing underpins all projects and each child from Year 2 to Year 6 has their own sketchbook to explore ideas and techniques. Pupils at all levels throughout the school are also encouraged to acquire a passion for music and the world of wonder that is drama. At the end of summer term, all children from Reception upwards take part in the school's Summer Production at the Swan Theatre in Wycombe.
Crown House consistently achieves a 90% 11+ pass rate and Year 6 leavers go on to a range of local grammar and independent schools including Wycombe High School, Beaconsfield School and Dr Challoners School. The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team start to meet with parents from Years 4 and 5 to discuss the best options and fit for the next stage in their child's education and this approach coupled with teachers' excellent knowledge of the 11+ means that Year 6 pupils achieve excellent results and usually get into their first-choice school.
Pupils' happiness and wellbeing are at the heart of the Crown House ethos and this combined with small class sizes and an individualised learning environment ensures that children are given the attention and support they deserve to excel and have an exceptional education. Crown House children find their passion and reach their full potential.