Schools (Independent) in Hove
101 The Drive
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 Drive Prep School is a family run, co-educational school that opened sixteen 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.
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.
In 2011 OFSTED assessed our timetable to be exemplary.
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.
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Science is taught as Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Ecology. Courses lead to combination Science or triple Science GCSE.
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.
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.
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.
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 who requires extra help.
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.
Monday to Friday, lessons commence 9:15 am to 3:45pm. Staff are on site at 8.30am
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.
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.
We provide fresh fruit, corn chips and fruit juice. Pupils bring a sandwich to complement this. Our pupils are active and healthy. Breaks and lunchtimes are staggered according to age groups.
These are stated in the school prospectus.
Prospective parents may ring and book an appointment to tour the school at any time during the year.
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.
All pupils are given an account and access to the school's online facilities. Parent accounts are also available on request.
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.
The school accepts that mobile phones are a part of most students' lives, however they must remain off during the day.
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.