The Downs Malvern Preparatory School
- Location United Kingdom, County of Herefordshire, Koluoll
- Age 3-13 years
- Programs Kindergarten, primary and secondary school
- Type of school Preparatory School
- The number of pupils in a class of 10-12 people
- Total number of students 219
- Founded in 1900
- High level of preparation, large variety of extra-curricular activities, comfortable accommodation, term papers for sale, good location
- Cost per year £ 16296 – £ 21471 (FB)
The curriculum for all classes in The Downs Malvern saturated and balanced. The school believed that children should be especially interested in and develop their desire to learn. First, children are taught the fundamental skills (writing, reading, count), then – academic skills (critical thinking, the ability to find and process information, understand the essence of reading, etc.). Classes are held in the classroom and outdoors.
Students move from elementary school (Pre-Prep) to high school (Prep) in the third year of study. In the third and fourth grade classes conducted mainly by one teacher (except for classes in art, design, technology, music, physical education and French language). Since the fifth grade, each item is separate teacher. Classes in grades 3-5 are not divided into groups according to ability. From the sixth grade there is a distribution group in math, English and science. In the sixth grade begins the study of Latin.
Since seventh grade, the curriculum is increasingly focused on preparing to enter the high school. Every week there is a lesson in learning skills. In these lessons, students get acquainted with the strategies and techniques of teaching, which demands are increasing every year. In seventh grade, students also begin to learn a second language – German or Spanish. There is a division into groups in accordance with their abilities in subjects such as Latin and French (where possible), and continues the division of mathematics, English and science until graduation.
Homework is an important component of training. Students grades 3-4 have no formal homework. However, they may ask for something to read or learn. In fifth grade, students must complete homework assignments in English and mathematics, three days a week after school. Students in grades 6-8 must be given homework one hour every day.
Students are placed in a newly renovated residences, in rooms for 4-8 people. The residence has a common room with TV and computers, kitchen, table tennis, board games, billiards, table football.
The Downs Malvern is located in the picturesque village Koluoll in Herefordshire, on the western slope of the hill Malvern Hills. The Downs Malvern Campus covers an area of 23 hectares on the hillside, surrounded by the charming nature of the West of England.
About the Author: Milly Wain is a student. She is an assistant at the university.