Claremont Fan Court Pre-Preparatory and Nursery School is a co-educational iaps school for children aged 2½ to 7 years old. The Pre-Prep and Nursery is for the youngest children at Claremont Fan Court School, an independent day school for children aged 2½ to 18 years in Esher, Surrey.
Claremont Fan Court School is set in the historic landscaped grounds of the Claremont Estate. We are founded on Christian values and we welcome children from all faiths and none. Our ethos recognises, cares for and values the potential of every child. With this recognition comes the expectation of high academic achievement and participation in sporting and cultural activities. A Claremont Fan Court education encourages every pupil to excel academically, grow in confidence and be ready to act wisely for the challenges that lie ahead. The Pre-Preparatory and Nursery School ensures that the beginning of each child’s education is a happy and fulfilling experience. We combine enthusiasm for learning in a stimulating, creative environment with dedicated teachers and assistants. Values for life are taught in a supportive, caring atmosphere with shared aims and aspirations between home and School. The School is situated in wooded parkland where children have the freedom to grow and develop in a secure and healthy environment. Here we care for the needs of Claremont Fan Court’s youngest children in spacious classrooms with excellent facilities and resources. We place a strong emphasis on the children acquiring sound knowledge and skills in literacy and numeracy whilst providing every opportunity to explore and develop each child’s potential in creative, sporting and musical activities.
A magic medieval mystery in the Pre-Prep and Nursery
Some very excited Pre-Prep and Nursery School children helped King Williams (also known as Mr Williams) solve the magical medieval mystery during the annual walkathon on Friday 18 October. Following a mystical map around the Claremont Kingdom, the children used their best detective skills to pick up clues as to the whereabouts of Palace Teddy who had been kidnapped overnight!
22nd October 2019 — Some very excited Pre-Prep and Nursery School children helped King Williams (also known as Mr Williams) solve the magical medieval mystery during the annual walkathon on Friday 18 October. Following a mystical map around the Claremont Kingdom, the children used their best detective skills to pick up clues as to the whereabouts of Palace Teddy who had been kidnapped overnight!
The children were tasked with collecting vital information from each medieval character, played by our fantastic PTA parents, hiding along the route to find out who kidnapped Palace Teddy. Characters included the grumpy witch, the court jester, the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, the dragon handler, the trolls, the fairy and the princess.
Upon finding Palace Teddy at the top of the Belvedere tower, the children made the most magical discovery of all – two friendly real-life unicorns from the Cobham Shetland Pony club!
It was a fantastic morning and we thank the PTA for all their hard work in helping to make this year’s walkathon the most memorable for the children yet!
"I’m sure I speak for all parent helpers and all Pre-Prep children alike - a great morning had by all - so nice to have the opportunity to be involved in such a great event and to see the school shine. It showcased the whole school and Pre-Prep beautifully in so many ways. The weather shone on the lovely grounds and the amazing site made it look stunning." Pre-Preparatory parent
If you have visited the Prep School recently, you may have noticed that we have become poultry keepers...
23rd November 2018 — If you have visited the Prep School recently, you may have noticed that we have become poultry keepers. This kindly gesture, to avoid returning Year 3’s chicks ‘to the farm’, is in keeping with our drive to extend our outdoor learning programme. We hope that many scientific and pastoral opportunities for learning will arise from this farming experiment. However, it seems that chickens are not compassionate creatures. With my new chicken interest, a TED talk entitled ‘The Pecking Order’ caught my eye. This featured a study into the productivity of chickens, with two groups central to the experiment. The first group featured an average flock (measured by egg count), left to breed without selection for six generations.
In the second group, a flock of ‘superchickens’, the highest producers, were put together, with the superstars leading the breeding, for six generations. The outcome was interesting. At the end of the study, the average chicken group were plump, healthy, and had an increased level of output versus the first generation. However, among the super flock, only three were left alive. All the others had been pecked to death.
We can probably all picture a time in the workplace, or at school, when we have found ourselves to be in an unhealthy dog eat dog (or chicken eat chicken) climate. As the super flock found, too many dominant chickens vying for the top position in the pecking order creates an unhealthy atmosphere and does not foster success. In an era where the mental and emotional health of young people often hits our headlines, perhaps we have more to learn from the chickens than at first anticipated?
At Claremont Fan Court, we seek to nurture a broad range of ability and talents, creating a positive atmosphere where every child understands their individual strengths and has the confidence to face challenges in a supportive culture. Our children flourish because kindness and consideration towards one another underpins our daily life. During this month, when Compassion is our focus character quality, we will encourage the children to be gentle in their words and actions, look out for ways of supporting one another and to be helpful, generous and giving in their community, both at home and school.
We have no ambition to create a flock of super chickens but we definitely have a wonderful community of super children!
Mrs Helen Hutton-Attenborough Head of Preparatory School