New state prep school to open boarding provision

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by Alex Wilson, Headteacher of Wymondham College Prep School
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Wymondham College Prep School caters for pupils aged four to 11 and opened its doors in September 2020 to its founding cohort of 60 Reception-aged pupils. Over the next seven years, the school will grow annually, primarily in Reception and Year 5, eventually reaching its capacity of 452 pupils. The school is located on the same site as Wymondham College, enabling the children of the Prep School to access teaching expertise from both the Prep School and the College. Boarders will be able to access indoor and outdoor facilities at both the Prep School and the College. 

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In September 2021, the school welcomes its first cohort of Year 5 boarders, who will experience two years at the Prep School before having the option of applying to join Wymondham College. This two-year journey as a boarder will give pupils time to foster desirable character traits such as independence, determination and ‘bounce-back’ ability. Choosing to join the Prep School in Year 5 will enable them to develop meaningful friendships and, most importantly, prepare them for the challenges of secondary education, particularly as a secondary school boarder. 

As each new academic year begins, the school will welcome a new group of Year 5 boarders into the house, who will benefit from the shared experience of the previous year’s boarders, but also provide new excitement and character in the house through their own individuality. With each year seeing such a change, the house will constantly evolve its interests to best suit the needs of the boarders. Such natural evolution will mean that each child can benefit from a developing shared experience, in part preparing them for challenges that will face them in an ever-changing modern society. 

Safe and homely

The boarding house, Underwood Hall, has been carefully designed to provide a safe and homely environment for young boarders. Nestled in the 85-acre Wymondham College site, the mixed boarding house benefits from small-group, same-gender dormitories, enabling the boarders to develop camaraderie but also giving them their own individual space. The house itself has a range of community areas so that boarders can bond together over a favourite film in the main lounge or relax in the snug for a chat or board game or to read a book. The house has its own kitchen and dining room and here boarders will have a Sunday brunch, evening snacks and a space for various evening activities. The house will give boarders the time and space to relax after a busy day at school. Immediately outside the house there is an informal seating area, basketball hoops and outdoor play areas enabling pupils to relax and play with their friends in the evenings and at weekends. 

Most importantly, the boarders’ home from home will be well staffed with a caring team who will be there, supporting them as they delight in their achievements, consoling them when things don’t quite work out, and enabling their individuality to flourish. The Head of House will be a vital link in monitoring and carefully nurturing each boarder’s development.

Countryside location

The school’s countryside location in Norfolk enables staff to provide a variety of weekend and evening adventures and activities for the boarders, with visits to the beach, local woodland and forestry locations, and historic Norwich. 

If your child would like to join us as a boarder, complete and return the application form on our website at wymondhamcollegeprepschool.org All prospective boarders are invited to take part in a suitability to board interview, to ensure that boarding is the right environment for them. 

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