A welcome from The Head

Welcome to Essendene Lodge  Preparatory School and Nursery. We cater for children from 2 to 11 years. We are a small, established, family owned and family friendly school in the heart of Caterham. Opened in 1966 the school retains the ethos and values established by its founder, Shirley Haydock. These are : small classes and an open, family friendly approach as well as outstanding teaching. Our aim is to ensure that children are happy, successful and motivated learners. Our purpose is to provide educational excellence coupled with high expectation so that all can reach their potential. We pride ourselves on the happy, safe and caring learning atmosphere so that boys and girls can really enjoy school. We offer our pupils a wide range of activities and opportunities designed to promote excellence, success, confidence and self-esteem; these include music, drama, sports and languages.

We combine tradition with technology as all classes are equipped with Apple TV and an iPad for every child in every class. These are extensively used as a teaching and learning tool as well as a great tool for homework. A great deal of attention is paid to the teaching of traditional values such as kindness, good manners, team work and mutual respect. We are an inclusive school and our commitment to small class sizes means learning can be personalised to meet the needs of the individual. The teachers are fully qualified, committed and dedicated to ensure all children succeed in a happy learning environment. We have the highest expectations of ourselves enabling us to have the same high expectations of our children. This is the reason our pupils consistently achieve high results for entrance into local independent and Grammar Schools.

Pupils, parents and staff take pride in being a part of the Essendene Community, a community where we all know each other. We believe in working in partnership with parents/carers so that children can have the best possible start to their learning journey. Our recent inspection report highlighted many excellent features across the school. The inspectors noted“In the EYFS, children make excellent progress in relation to their starting points and capabilities, with most, including those requiring additional support exceeding the Early Learning Goals by the age of five.”  Also, “the quality of pupils achievement is excellent’  with  pupils achieving  ‘well beyond the expectation for their age in reading, writing and mathematics.”  Our excellent pastoral care was noted for “providing a stimulating educational experience for its pupils within a nurturing environment.”

The website will give you a flavour of our core values but we would urge you to come and see us in action, meet the friendly pupils and staff, we are sure you will not be disappointed. If you would like to visit, then please contact us for an appointment and you can be assured of a very warm welcome. Regular stay and play sessions happen in Nursery for rising 2 year olds. Please call the office for a personal tour – we would love to show you around the school we are so proud of. We hope to see you soon!

Mrs K Ali, Headteacher.