The Drive Prep School, 101 The Drive, Hove. E. Sussex. BN3 6GE. Tel. 01273 738444
Proprietor Mr. N. Faulkner 01273 738444 / 01273 881162
The Drive Prep School is a family run, co-educational school that opened twenty years ago and operates in The Drive, Hove.
The main building was originally a large family house and although it has now been considerably extended we have maintained the sense of being at home. This has been achieved by simply asking ourselves each time a decision has been made, whether we would like to live with this in our home, and if not then we look for an alternative. – which is why our school doesn’t feel like a traditional school and one of the reasons why it is a place where a child would be happy to spend a large part of their time.
We have therefore endeavoured to create an environment in which everyone involved, pupils, staff and parents, feel at ease with their surroundings and with their social interactions.
Our aim has always been to provide a diverse education which goes beyond academic success and enables students to have confidence in all areas of life. We want our children to respect and care for their environment and the community and to be aware of action we can take to make a better world. We aim to stretch them intellectually, physically and artistically by offering an exciting timetable inclusive of Music, Drama, Art, Ecology and Sport, all supported by excellent staff.
The teachers know every child in the school as an individual and are able to make provisions for their needs and talents and make themselves available for conversation and interaction outside the lessons.
Throughout the year there are projects in which the whole school participates; school concert, Christmas play, summer fete etc where the children get the opportunity to work with different age groups and staff. Parents find that the class teachers and Head teacher are readily accessible for discussion and swift resolution of any problems that may arise.
The morale among our students is high. Attitudes towards school are positive and incidents of negative behaviour are few and far between.
Students learn how to handle interpersonal relationships and there should be no persistent reasons for unhappiness, such as bullying for example. When needed, a staff member is always within reach.
The relatively small size of The Drive Prep School makes it far more manageable than a traditionally sized school, with the result that there are no bureaucratic layers and a minimum of red tape. It also means that timetable alterations can be made with relative ease, and we can swiftly organise interesting events such as talks by visiting speakers, theatrical performances, Science and Geography field trips etc.
It is also easier for us to implement new ideas. We have now moved nearly all of our administrative, recording, reporting and scheduling activities online. Each student has their own account on our Virtual Learning Environment where resources are made available, information disseminated, and homework and project work is set, worked on and marked.
We approach our work with passion and commitment. Please call us to discuss your child’s education and arrange a visit to our school.
Educating and taking care of your child is a great responsibility and also a privilege. All children are different and deserve to have a programme of education prepared for them that is tailored to their needs but leaves them ready to face life’s challenges when they are older. Parents and carers should be involved in that process throughout and I feel that this partnership with school is necessary for a child to reach his/her potential.
As a teaching Head, I interact with the students each day and this enables me not only to monitor progress first hand but to observe their personal development. Throughout the day it is not unusual to find myself discussing various topics with most of the students, something a Head would find almost impossible to do in a larger school.
A couple of years ago my deputy Anne Ford and I, took a short course led by Dr Anthony Seldon on the subject of well being. This was initially part of our Health and fitness programme but now stands alone in the timetable. Pupils learn how to look after their bodies and minds. This is truly educating the whole child.
My commitment to the well being of your child is total.
The full range of the National Curriculum is taught, with lessons in Art & Design, Citizenship, Design/food Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Modern foreign languages, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Drama and our programmes of well being, logic activities and enrichment as well as the three core subjects of English, Maths and Science.
Students are taught in small classes, a maximum of 14 to a class. At Junior and GCSE level, group sizes are a maximum of 12 students. Each GCSE student may choose between 7 and 12 subjects depending on their aptitude and interests.
We aim to encourage and support all our pupils, helping them to develop their full potential academically while encouraging them to work both independently and as a team. We want them to become open-minded young people, ready to question and learn so that they can achieve the most from their time in school.
Learning at The Drive involves teacher led but also pupil led sessions , where the pupils take responsibility for their learning rather than relying solely on the teacher.
Our junior department is similar to a typical village school format with three year groups taught together using differentiated tasks and separate group activities to suit specific needs. Learning is exciting for these young pupils as they are able to access secondary school resources such as the lab and a well equipped Art and DT room.
The school has been given an A rating by the UKBA and is allowed to assign certificates of study to non EU students. All information regarding this can be obtained from the school office.
OFSTED have assessed our timetable to be exemplary.
Maths should be fun, interesting and relevant. All too often it can be an area of concern for some pupils and boring for the more able child.
Our maths lessons are often linked with the outside world and students see the relevance of topics to life. Where possible lessons involve a practical element.
All pupils have access to a maths area where they can choose the required equipment for lessons or independent learning. We encourage problem solving and each year there are entrants to the United Kingdom maths challenge. 40% of our eligible students achieved silver or bronze certificates this year in line with top achievers Nationally.
Mymaths on our pupils’ website contains revision pages, worksheets, games, puzzles and activities for students to do in school and at home. Pupils can revise an area taught during the day or take challenges to improve their knowledge.
It is important for any school to foster a love of reading. In the small school during quiet reading sessions there are excellent opportunities for the teacher to engage with pupils about their chosen book.
Media, current affairs, poetry analysis, script writing are just part of the syllabus offered.
Our library provides resources suitable for all pupils by offering a large selection of classic and recent fiction and factual material relating to the National curriculum subjects.
Pupil magazines and newspapers can be found in the secondary students’ common room along with subject revision books, ensuring a relaxed environment for students to read in and prep for exams.
Audiotapes and CDs of novels, plays, poetry and documentaries are available to borrow. Online reference works are available to all students and staff as resources. A selection of popular and famous fiction is also available online. Students may order a book to read and collect it next day.
Throughout the school there are specific subject areas where books are stored for selection.
Science is taught as Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Ecology. Courses lead to combination Science or triple Science GCSE. Science is taught at both sites. We want our students to care about their world and to respect the environment. Scientific topics are used in speaking and listening sessions and for debate. Many trips are organised such as taking part in the local Science fair and Bigger Bang shows. Pupils have attended the Christmas lectures. Visitors such as Zoolab have provided excellent displays for the pupils about habitats and animals.
Books and information on the environment are on display and are frequently updated with relevant information
The Arts and Performance
The Drive has long been known for its fully established and successful Drama Department. The annual Speech and Drama Festivals locally in Brighton and Worthing have shown our pupils to achieve outstanding results. The Championship Cups and Best overall Drama teacher trophy have been won twice in the last few years. Students are placed in the top three for each class over 80% of the time. Coaching and activities in an after school Drama club are included in the fees. In the musical and concert each year all pupils have the chance to show their creative talents and have the opportunity to shine.
The Music department at The Drive is steadily growing. We wish to inspire pupils to achieve musically and provide opportunities for them to learn about music from around the world, perform in the school musical and to both read music and select an instrument to play. The music room is regularly visited by our students where they get opportunities for practice. We have two school bands and they perform for the school and local community throughout the year. We have visiting teachers for electric guitar, keyboard and violin tuition. Recorder tuition is included in the school fees. This year we have introduced music GCSE to the delight of many pupils and their families.
Our sports’ department has developed well over the last year and this term we are set to arrange more matches with other groups and develop the cricket team as we take on a new Sports coach from Brighton and Hove Cricket club. Fitness and circuit training will continue at the local gym and a new after school table tennis club is set to begin.
Our philosophy is to play well ,win or lose. Exercise is important to develop healthy minds and bodies. Sport includes athletics, football, rugby, hockey, badminton, cricket, table tennis, tennis, swim sessions at the King Alfred pool, basketball and netball, circuit training, weight lifting and dance. We offer after school sport and dance sessions.
The staff at the school show incredible examples of caring, patient and compassionate behaviour when overseeing pastoral care at the school.
We believe the environment should be friendly, warm and supportive. Pupils tell us that they feel safe and looked after. In our small school there is always someone to talk to or offer advice.
Pupils have personal files to store examples of work, assessments, certificates etc At the start of each term pupils note down their aims for what they hope to achieve over the term. This is assessed at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms with achievement records placed in their files. At The Drive students represent their classes and meet in a school council weekly to discuss ideas and issues. Debating, speaking and listening sessions and school council discussion take place frequently. The pupils form their own rules and values list and these are placed in each class. Pupils learn cooperation and self discipline. They are loyal to each other and tolerant.
The school is able to support pupils with mild learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) and provide help in mathematics for students having problems in this area. We will strive to provide the best support we can for any student with anxiety, and or ASC to enable them to reach their potential.
Gifted and talented students are provided with the challenges they need plus the support required to help them achieve excellence.
Students are offered a Ravens test of logic on entry which can identify weaknesses and also exceptionally able students.
Results at GCSE show early takers to be achieving on average 6 subjects grade A* to C and early GCSE pass rates for Drama, Art, English, English Lit, Maths, RE and French at 100% A* to C.
Our after school clubs provide extra-curricular opportunities for students to learn, think and pursue their interests across the curriculum and beyond with chess, gardening, circus skills all offered.
In addition we provide a broad range of experiences for our pupils, taking them on activity courses where they can try rock climbing, fencing, archery etc, participating in the Brighton Science Festival, trips abroad, work experience, band practice (& performance) and the opportunity to take a significant part in school events, such as the school fete which is now mostly a pupil project.
School Hours: Monday to Friday, lessons commence 9:15 am to 3:45pm. Staff are on site at 8.30am
After School Clubs: These can be flexible, but usually run until 4:30 or 5.00pm. We offer Art, Drama, ICT, chess, table-tennis, sport, gardening and circus skills free.
School Uniform: This is mandatory, and is grey, red and black. Ties, blazers, raincoats, sports kit etc are all available from the school. Uniform is sensibly priced and practical.
School Lunch: We provide fresh fruit, corn chips and fruit juice. Pupils bring a sandwich to complement this. Food may be heated in cooler months and a caterer provides pasta or pizza usually once a week. Our pupils are active and healthy. Breaks and lunchtimes are staggered according to age groups.
School Holidays: These are stated in the school prospectus.
Open days: Prospective parents may ring and book an appointment to tour the school at any time during the year.
Taster days: Prospective pupils are invited to spend a day at the school at any time.
Policies: We have a full range of school policies, (Anti-Bullying, Behaviour, Child Protection etc) which may be viewed on the school website. Printed copies are also available on request.
V.L.E. All pupils are given an account and access to the school’s online facilities. Parent accounts are also available on request.
Parental Involvement: Your views, ideas and interest are needed. We have a P.T.A. committee, Friends of The Drive. Meetings are monthly on a Wednesday evening.
Mobile Phones: The school accepts that mobile phones are a part of most students’ lives, however they must remain off during the day.
Further Information: This is available on our school website, www.driveprep.co.uk.
Alternatively you can call Debbie our secretary in the office 01273 738444 or send an e-mail to – firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAFF AT THE SCHOOL
MRS. S. PARKINSON
CERT ED DIP P.A. QTS HEAD TEACHER. , HEAD OF DRAMA
MR. N. FAULKNER
MS. M. ALCARAZ SEGURA
LEARNING SUPPORT/SPANISH, QTS
Mr WILL TYAS
MISS C. HILL
BA DANCE PGCE DANCE Cert Ed
BA HONS ENGLISH, P.G.C.E, QTS
BA HONS PRIMARY EDUCATION
Mr. D. HORAN
BA HONS PSYCHOLOGY, KS3,4 MATHS, TLC ASC SUPPORT
MISS. C. COSSINS
MR SIMON EDE
KS4 MUSIC, GUITAR
BA HONS ART & DT ART DEPT SUPPORT
MR. J. EVANS
CERT ED, PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ KEYWORKER
BA HONS ,CERT TFL, DIP PP LEADERSHIP
BA HONS ED , SENCo COMPUTING, QTS
MISS. S. HARRIS
BA ART PGCE, MEDIA STUDIES, HEAD OF ART
Mr. B. COOPER
BA HONS HISTORY and BUSINESS STUDIES
MRS. A. HOWARD
LEARNING SUPPORT / MUSIC. LEAD-ATTACHMENT
LEARNING SUPPORT, SUPERVISOR
MS. L. MUDIE
R.S.A. FRENCH / SPANISH / ITALIAN
BA HONS mfl FRENCH & ITALIAN
BA HONS PSYCHOLOGY , LEARNING SUPPORT
MRS. K. WOOD
QTS CERT ED PRIMARY
MRS. D. WORTHINGTON
BA HONS ECONOMICS, HND BPMA PERSONNEL MGT
FEES FROM SEPTEMBER 2017 PER TERM
GCSE …………£2,995 inclusive of books and materials. (Excludes GCSE entry fees)
Scholarships may be awarded on entry for able, gifted and talented pupils.
These would be as follows;
GCSE …………£2,795 inclusive of books and materials. (Excludes GCSE entry fees)
At this school there are genuinely no hidden extras. Fees include; swimming, insurance, recorders and all after school clubs. Drama tuition after school for pupils entering Brighton and Worthing Festivals is also free. We offer a homework club after school until 4.30pm. Dance, music tuition, extra subject sessions run until 5.00pm
The school provides fruit, corn chips and juice at lunch times to supplement packed lunches and support its healthy meals option.
The School can assess and cater for Special Educational Needs (which may incur an additional fee) and also English as an additional language.